Submitted by Dr. Becht

Drones Are Coming
Listen my Noles and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere
On the thirty-first of January, in Twenty-fourteen;
Hardly a Nole is now present –
Who remembers that famous day and year!
He said to his friend, “ If Drones come by land or sea,
From air or space to the town tonight, send
Fireflies swarming in fields near the North Church tower
To make star-shaped patterns of ships in the night sky
As signal lights – one if by land, and two if by sea,
Three if from air, and four if from space;
And I on the opposite shore will be,
Ready to ride and spread the alarm
Through every Nole village, town and farm”.
His friend then left for the North Church tower
While he departed by oar-boat for the opposite shore.
There he waited with his steed to sound the alarm
As he scanned the dark night sky for the signal lights.
Being impatient to mount and ride,
He gazed at landscapes far and near;
But mostly across the bay he watched with eager search
The night skies near the tower of the Old North Church.
And lo, as he looked towards that tower’s height,
A glimmer, then a gleam of light appeared,
Shaped in the V-like pattern of a Star-Trek Ship.
He sprang to the saddle, the bridle he turned,
But lingered and gazed till full on his sight
Another light he saw with this same V-shape.
Fiercely, he rode through the towns and the fields
While sparks struck out by his steed flying fearless and swift.
T’was on that night through the gloom and the light,
The fate of a nation was riding that night;
And the sparks struck out by his steed in the flight
Ignited the land into flame with its heat
While swarms of fireflies lighted his path.
So through that night rode Paul Revere;
And so through the night went his cry of alarm,
Calling all Noles in every village and town –
A message that shall echo for evermore!
Borne on the night wind of the Past,
Through all history to the last.
As others awaken, take note and listen
To the hoof-beats of that steed
And the midnight message of Paul Revere.
Listen my Noles and you shall hear
The midnight ride of Paul Revere;
Drones are here and taking flight
In star-shaped patterns – one, two, three or four –
Glowing, soaring, hovering day or night,
Like fireflies swarming through forests and fields –
 Through land and seas, through space and skies
Like messengers from strange new changing worlds.
Drones Are Coming to a class near you,
And Noles are needed to spread the word!
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February 9, 2014 by Drs. Paul & Sally Becht
Drones Are Coming, is a brief adaptation from
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem
 The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere
Written on April 19, 1860.
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