For many, the end of the year is the time for being sociable, visiting friends and family, living in the present — but it’s also time for quiet reflection and planning for the future. This is as true for the activist as it is for the average person. At the end of 1972, a CNVA member living at VPT penned the following poem that expresses much of this balance between introspection and sociality — reflecting on the organization’s recent accomplishments and next steps to complete; on the tranquil solitude of VPT in wintertime interspersed with flurries of guests and activities; on the deep and wide connections this little group of antiwar activists had made in their area and across the country over the last decade; and on the ways in which these people formed genuine relationships and communities within and apart from the work. As the winter blues start up, it helps to remember that even a small group in sleepy old Voluntown can become a critical part of a mass movement.
Happy a safe and happy new year.
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Lynn. “Back at the Farm.” Polaris Action Bulletin. 30 December 1972 (Bulletin #129), page 4.
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