POEM: Draft Registration Civil Disobedience, aka, Holy Obedience

This poem is a poetic excerpt of my David and Goliath battle with the world’s most powerful superpower. Actually, Daniel in the lions’ den is more on mark. My refusal to register for the military draft back in the 1980’s resulted in some selective prosecution, putting the “selective” in Selective Service System. Some of this journey and my take on draft registration can be found in this testimony delivered in 2018: Testimony for National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service — END DRAFT REGISTRATION

Draft Registration Civil Disobedience, aka, Holy Obedience

The bailiff read
“The United States of America vs. Daniel A. Rutt”
My mom flinched
Realizing the full weight
Of the world’s most powerful military superpower
In history
I simply couldn’t believe they herd of me
The name given me: Dan-i-el, “God is my judge”
Comes with its own
Aware I was in the lion’s den

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