Power of nothing happens

I like this poem about non-violence, written during the early part of last century by a labor activist who knew the power of nothing happening:

What scares them most is
That NOTHING HAPPENS!
They are ready
For DISTURBANCES.
They have machine guns
And soldiers,
But this SMILING SILENCE
Is uncanny.
The business men
Don’t understand
That sort of weapon . . .
It is your SMILE
That is UPSETTING
Their reliance
On Artillery, brother!
It is the garbage wagons
That go along the street
Marked “EXEMPT
by STRIKE COMMITTEE.”
It is the milk stations
That are getting better daily,
and the three hundred
WAR Veterans of Labor
Handling the crowds
WITHOUT GUNS,
For these things speak
Of a NEW POWER
and a NEW WORLD
That they do not feel
At HOME in.

— Anise

Jesus spoke of this kind of thing. That “turn the other cheek” stuff was not about wimpy assignation, but of a NEW POWER and a NEW WORLD he wants us to see and create.

But the only response it seems we can see is to hit back. Match disurbance with disturbance.

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