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The room is dark, so I must type tonight
Instead of write with pen and with notebook
This is an exercise in finding light
From darkened rooms as summer’s heat onlooks:
A word can issue from any origin
As humans find their naissance anywhere
They happen to be born, in faith or sin
Depending on the views those people bear:
So, say, you came to light equipped with dark
Skin in America, United States
Of sin in your dread skin you bear the mark
So says the Constitution, seals your fates:
Fates in the plural because you’re entwined
with the hapless Man’s boots that you just shined.

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