I am on the plane home. I hate writing on my iPad. But I have been reading about yesterday's trial and am want to post this tiny offering. One person wrote, where are Dan's friends. I don't know where that person was but I sat with many of Dan's friends. Yes, there were some new people who have no history. There were some who came just for the photo and to make sure their name was spelled right. There were strong, loving siblings. There were great good friends who know the depth of this man and knew that on, March 28, 2013, this was the right place to be. Seven of us went to the hospital with him: in for the long haul. Standby to standby.
I was at a rather peculiar disadvantage with some crazy virus. My eyes were burning and ears almost shut but here are just a tiny few sentences that I heard.
From Dan's closing:
Politics is poetry with a different pronunciation.
Bad consequences happen when you cease to laugh and love.
I did not mean to disobey, I simply will not be censored.
At times Dan roared with the spirit of his beloved poet, Al -Mutanabbi -- but in Arabic, of course,
"The horse, the night and the desert all know me, they know my name. The sword, the spear, the paper and the pen all know me"
In the river of it all, I heard,
The judge ask Ms. George, what did he fail to obey? It seems he was spoiling the scenic view for tourists with cameras wanting to snap the White House.
Dan asked the arresting officer, Did you arrest us because you were taking away gay rights?
Dan asked, Are not our handcuffs speech? And the judge agreed. They are.
In the four hours many things were said. I hope we can all own, read, treasure the full transcript. But the room belongs to those who were there. We witnessed the fact that we are all complex human beings. Greatness has a terrible price; friends, foes, barnacles and angels. Booming poetry and tears so profound you know this broken heart has a depth that will not be denied.
Mostly. I want to say, a young queer soldier sat in front of me. I heard her say, I can serve openly because of this man. That's all I can write about it today.