On History I

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In the name of the Empire,
for its sustenance, its glory:
The devastation of ancient Africa,
the near extermination of the Herero,
the imminent cultural genocide
of the Pigmy, of the San …

The herding of Her children across
the Atlantic, their strong backs hunched
over vast fields of sweet bamboo sticks,
sugar mills spinning wheels,
fields of puffs of cloud,
their breaths tormented
by the fiery eyed amoral sun …

“Strange fruit hanging from the poplar tree”,
the palatial homes of the “gallant” south,
the wealth of the nation itself …

The murder of the dissenting god:
“I have a dream! I have a dream!”

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