History for you
was never a mere calendar of events.
Your pen was a million megaphones,
loudspeaker upon loudspeaker,
for the chorus of voices
silenced by official histories.
the last page of your life is writ.
But your annals
are etched in stone in the people’s history.
And so you will never be history.
In memoriam: Howard Zinn, people’s historian, 1922-2010