March 25th, 2011

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There are so many reasons we march tomorrow

And today we mourn an anniversary.

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

They fell a hundred feet, their hair ablaze,
or fearing burning. They died all the same.
Some were identified. Some had no name.
Burned, choked or crushed. There are so many ways

A fire can kill you. That day, we saw all
those ways. To stop theft, someone locked the door.
The stair was rusty. Face pressed to the floor
to get clean air, they choked. It was the fall

that killed some. And the owners walked scott free
charged, found not guilty. They had no idea
about locked doors, they said. Remember,fear,
March and resist in solidarity

with those dead women. Profits stopped their breath,
caused them to choke or fall or burn to death.