The first fine dawn of life on earth
The first cry of Man in the first light
The first firefly flickering at night
The first Noble Savage with the first erection
The first song of love and forty cries of despair
The first voyage of Vikings westward
The first sighting of the New World
                   from the crow’s nest of a Spanish galleon
The first Pale Face meeting the first Native American
The first Dutch trader in Mannahatta
The first settler on the first frontier
The first Home Sweet Home so dear
The first wagon train westward
The first sighting of the Pacific by Lewis & Clark
The first cry of “Mark, twain!” on the Mississippi
The first desegregation by Huck & Jim on a raft at night
The first buffalo-head nickel and the last buffalo
The first barbed-wire fence and the last of the open range
The last cowboy on the last frontier
The first skyscraper in America
The first home run hit at Yankee Stadium
The first ballpark hot dog with mustard
The last War to End All Wars
The last Wobbly and the last Catholic Anarchist
The last living member of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade
The last bohemian in a beret
The last homespun politician and the first stolen election
The first plane to hit the first Twin Tower
The birth of a vast national paranoia
The first president to become an international criminal
               for crimes against humanity making America a terrorist state
The dark dawn of American corporate fascism
The next-to-last free speech radio
The next-to-last independent newspaper raising hell
The next-to-last independent bookstore with a mind of its own
The next-to-last Lefty looking for Obama Nirvana
The first fine day of the Wall Street Occupation
               to set forth upon this continent a new nation!

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