Thursday, March 16, 2006

Report on the Second Meeting of the Free Winkie Committee:

The argument began over when our first protest should be, and who should be allowed to speak, though Emily advocated having no speakers at all, because language is pointless anyway, and maybe we should just sing songs instead, but Zach said, not very nicely, OK then, what songs? They went around and around until Yepoka started yelling that as far as she was concerned the Free Winkie Committee had already outlived its usefulness and should be dissolved immediately.

It was then that we noticed the flames reflected in the screen of Emily’s laptop.

We went to the window to see that students from Campus Crusade for Christ (which is, in fact, nearly the entire student body) had joined hands around a huge bonfire, right in front of the Lacan Building. As they prayed, a ten-foot effigy of Winkie was slowly wheeled into position near the fire.

We were all very upset. Bao screamed, “Fucking Christians!” at them, but Yepoka said, “I’m a Christian,” and started crying. None of us knew what to do. We’d been arguing for two fucking hours. Zach and Emily said forget it, they were going home, so Bao said, “Ben, what do you think?”

Ben hadn’t spoken all night, and we’d almost forgotten he was there. (We often forget he’s there.) Down on the lawn, they’d started singing about the apocalypse. Ben looked at the ceiling and said:

“Walt Whitman wrote, ‘May-be, if I don’t do anything else, I shall send out the most wayward, spontaneous, fragmentary book ever printed.’ So I say, if we don’t do anything else, let’s send out the most wayward, spontaneous, fragmentary political movement ever created! Free Winkie!”

We all cheered. The effigy went up in flames.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The world would be a better place if Ben had gotten up the guts to recite Whitman to that cross-burning band of pyromaniacs. Especially my favorite Whitmanism ever: "Winkie is large, He contains multitudes." Free Winkie!

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