“They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds.” – Dinos Christianopoulos, poet (20 Mar 1931-2020)
It’s interesting how people and sources are lost along the way. It seems the origins of a phrase is that it is actually a couplet. While used more mightily to protest the separation of Mexican parents from their children at the border, it turns out it was originally a different sort of protest. The Greek poetry community sought to exclude the poetry of Dinos Christianopoulos, for reasons I do not know yet. In return, as any good poet would, he wrote another couplet. One that seems to express the sentiments that I feel when looking on the treatment of the founding fathers in contemporary America. I’ll just borrow this expression myself in the forthcoming book applying the first principles of America to contemporary concerns in the modern republic.