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Call me a cracker.

Take me
from my home.
Ship me,
long across
a void in darkness.
Accompany me
with cries of sorrow,
whimpers of death.

Call me a cracker.

Disgard me
like trash
to scavengers
in a sea
without hope of
without strength to swim.

Call me a cracker.

Auction me
chained to my brother,
my sister.
Break me and bridle me
under the whip.
Work me like
in fields of hot toil
and blistered finger.

Call me a cracker.

Take my children
like litters from dogs.
Strip me
from my moorings,
swept by the sharp gales
and cold tides of profit.

Call me a cracker.

Release me
to myself
with blood lost,
without treasure.
Give me 40.
Give me a mule.

Call me a cracker.

Disenfranchise me.
Steal my voice.
Keep me separate,
undereducated, and
Accuse me of poverty
of thought
and action.

Call me a cracker.

Pity me
without hope
of progress.
Devalue my
my art,
my faith.
Make me

Call me a cracker.

Care for me
Hold me
back in chains
of malady.
Sicken me
with vice
and idle,
wealth-less of
joys and foundation.

Call me a cracker.

Incarcerate me
when I’m loud
in frustration.
Re-shackle me
to gangs
of violence.
Bleed me in
the streets.
Un-employ me,
felon-ed to feeble.

Call me a cracker.

Mock me
when I say
I matter.
Leave me
to riot my life.
Stand on me
when I breath,
when I cry to my mother.

Call me a cracker.

See me
without filtered lens.
Hear me
without muffled ear.
Yield me
fair to
to home,
to free.
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Submitted by keiths.69293 on May 17, 2021

Modified by davidb

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Scheme A bcbdexbxf A bxxbghx A baabxxixa A hxbjxxd A bxdabx A bxdddbdh A bxxxxddxbe A bdbxbbxigh A bdhbxxxxbi A bjabxbfa A bxbxbdicb
Closest metre Iambic dimeter
Characters 1,402
Words 276
Stanzas 22
Stanza Lengths 1, 9, 1, 7, 1, 9, 1, 7, 1, 6, 1, 8, 1, 10, 1, 10, 1, 10, 1, 8, 1, 9

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