Joe Biden’s Kierkegaard Quote

Something about Joe Biden’s mention of Kierkegaard and the discussion of faith and darkness reminds me of my undergraduate days, and of FAMU President Fred Humphries reciting the Rattler Strike poem at football game halftimes:

“When the dark clouds gather on the horizon
and thunder and lightning pierce the sky:
when faith is but a glint in the eyes of
the fallen Rattler, and hope, a lost friend –

When the sinews in the chest grow weary,
And the muscles in the legs grow tired,
From those hard charging linebackers –
You must always remember: the Rattler
will strike, and strike, and strike again.”

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