Middlebury College professor Gary Margolis showed his support for Henry Louis Gates Jr. with this poem:
Who hasnít lost the keys to his
own house, searched for a window
to crawl through, kicked a back door
open, to see if it was left open?
Frost did at his Ripton farm house.
Iím telling you I climb through
a window when he isnít there so I can
look around. No oneís around to call
the police who rarely exist up there.
Frost is a bridge to Cambridge.
He lived there, too. And now
Henry Louis Gates Jr. who the police
find in his own house. Mr. Gates
isnít broke and entering. He lives
in his own house. Frost didnít have
to carry an ID. Berryman found
the key to his own Henry and then
water under a bridge, Iím sorry to say.
The police want us to think itís all
water under the bridge. I have to say
Iím sorry. For them. Someone has to
pay his respects. I expect we havenít
heard the last of this. A poem needs
its refrain. White-haired Frost doesnít
leave a key under his mat for me
when I come home late, when Iíve
forgotten which window Iíve left unlocked.
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