A Response to Patrick Henry, Virginia, 1775

by Spencer Dunford

See our case in a different light?
On the contrary, we have time enough
for pleasantries. We need not fear advance
of war. Their armaments shall not prove
our yoke—nay our British friends give
good wine, and that is no phantom
nor illusion. But you,
you disbelieve my designs.
If, as you say, they do come
with injurious intentions, thus we shall tell
our colonies:
Secure yourselves in steel
walls, mountained each with mortar,
for brightly shall the battles
come, the cannon lash
in fury.
Keep closed the crusted cask.
Forbid all forms curiosity
might allow.
Shield, seal, fortify, and brace—silence
will again be ours.