This We Wear.
Article Type: Poem
Author: Hall, Neal E.
Pub Date: 12/01/2010
Publication: Name: Journal of Pan African Studies Publisher: Journal of Pan African Studies Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Social sciences Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Journal of Pan African Studies ISSN: 0888-6601
Issue: Date: Dec, 2010 Source Volume: 4 Source Issue: 2
Accession Number: 306754418
Full Text: [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]
This We Wear

   This, we wear as freedom.
   This odorous secondhand garment
   tattered and ragged,
   dipped in blood,
   drenched in brethren's woes
   and rigor mortis.
   This, we wear as freedom,
   as if real this independence,
   as if evidence of redemptive parity,
   as if born of battles of hearts and minds won.
   Crumbling crumbs of contaminated equality,
   picked over scraps,
   fetid morsels of liberty
   lobbed casually from passing callousness
   to fall foul on drenched feet standing yet
   held bondage still in their brethren's
   woes and rigor mortis.
   This, we see as freedom.
   This, we wear as freedom,
   as if real,
   this facsimile of blackened independence.
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