The Ballad of Willem Van Spronsen


Willem Van Spronsen 
Was he from Wisconsin?

No, he’s from Vashon, 

And what has he done, 
This Willem Van Spronsen?

He gave up his life
Was shot down by ICE

On Bastille Day

The day of the raids 

In burning their buses 
He slowed their campaign 

Nobody knows just how many he saved 

Remember his name.


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Elliot Sperber is a writer, attorney, and adjunct professor. He lives in New York City and can be reached at and on twitter @elliot_sperber.