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150 Years Ater Gettysburg...

...In the beginning,
when insignificance
upheld its worth
and passed torch
to pertinence,
vouchsafing they
who laid down their souls
in fresh cotton fields
with leaves hung on stems,
hot. bloody sharp
as rusted steel knives,
pricking and piercing,
the sweating paled flesh,
the pulse twitching nerves
of subluxed spines,
over again,
and over again -
over and over again
for water and stale cornbread. out of control
this system of hate,
this powerless feeling,
a violation of mind,
a rape of the heart -
death to the spirit
of every dark victim,
while ''Paralysis'',
the great emperor of prejudice
stares down mockingly
with myopic eyes,
wants to rule all souls
who do not mirror his.
and on it goes,
this anathema of society
perhaps 'til the end of ''here''
when heaven opens wide,
rears its great gold seals,
and 'paralysis', is crucified
on an upside-down cross,
for any other way would bear sacrelig.
and, then, just ahead,
for our jaded eyes to see
is renaissance,
like a nautical beacon
rendering unto us
with much signifgance -
a new beginning.

Submitted: Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, November 19, 2013

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