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Celebrate our history; recognize our anger

Steven Ratiner

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Steven Ratiner, left, one of Arlington’s three former poets laureate, continues "Red Letter Poems," a weekly series begun in March 2020 with "The Battle of Menotomy."

This poem, No. 214 in the series, helps us celebrate Independence Day with words directly related to Arlington (once Menotomy) and provides the poet as well as the columnist opportunities to express anger about the current state of our nation.

The Battle of Menotomy

                                  West Cambridge

When I saunter to the mailbox in miserable sun,
a woman stares at the stone marker by my fence —

Site of the house of John Cutter set on fire
during the British retreat of April 19, 1775

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