Occupy: Run your Race


Dateline:4 am–Oakland:

He paws fiercely, rejoicing in his strength, and charges into the fray. He laughs at fear, afraid of nothing; he does not shy away from the sword. The quiver rattles against his side, along with the flashing spear and lance. In frenzied excitement he eats up the ground; he cannot stand still when the trumpet sounds.” – God as quoted in the Book of Job, Chapter 39, Verses 19-24

Not only did “God” (allegedly) utter the above quote–so did the owner of the God-like horse Secretariat.

The beloved “come from behind” triple crown winner always waited until the end to show his speed.

After spending a week with the Occupy movement in Oakland’s Ogawa Plaza, I wonder. Is there a Segretariat just beginning to run his or her race?

Is there one or perhaps a handful–both strong of body and of mind like Secretariat?

One who is without fear.

One who prepares to run into the fray as the trumpet sounds.

One who will practice, study and learn.

One with clear-eyed-patience deserving of one of America’s triple crowns.

The Oval office, The House of Representatives and The Senate?

I wonder, is that HIM? The young man in worn out clothes with a kind voice reading  passages from Henry David Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience.” His knees are knocking together as he pushes his voice to the limit and into the crowd. Like Secretariat, his feet fidget. He is itching to go. Could he be a future champion?

Secretariat’s owner used to say, “Just let him run his race.”

The Clock Ticks

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