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(4 August 1913 – 25 February 1980 / Detroit)

Poems of Robert Hayden

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1. El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X) 1/20/2003
2. Frederick Douglass 1/3/2003
3. Full Moon 1/3/2003
4. Middle Passage 1/3/2003
5. Monet's Waterlilies 1/3/2003
6. Mourning Poem For The Queen Of Sunday 4/6/2010
7. O Daedalus, Fly Away Home 1/3/2003
8. Perseus 1/20/2003
9. Runagate Runagate 1/3/2003
10. Soledad 1/3/2003
11. The Ballad Of Nat Turner 4/6/2010
12. The Prisoners 1/3/2003
13. The Whipping 1/3/2003
14. Those Winter Sundays 1/3/2003
15. Witch Doctor 4/6/2010

The Whipping

The old woman across the way
     is whipping the boy again
and shouting to the neighborhood
     her goodness and his wrongs.

Wildly he crashes through elephant ears,
     pleads in dusty zinnias,
while she in spite of crippling fat
     pursues and corners him.

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