|John Brown at age fifty
copy of original daguerreotype ca. 1851, photographer unknown.
Sixth plate daguerreotype by M. M. Lawrence, New York
Anonymous owner. Digital reproduction Collection of Jean Libby, Allies for Freedom
Tossed in a bureau drawer,
a-moldering twixt the Good Lord bird
and firebell in the night
Mirrored silver put to right.
Leather and gilt measure the palm
Yardstick law would find guilty as charged
To hang by the neck until this guilty land under God
Should be forever free.
Jean Libby, Allies for Freedom, April 17, 2014