Native Son

for Langston Hughes
      James Baldwin
     Allen Ginsberg
      Public Enemy
     & Richard Wright

since your advent
it occurs to me
& has immeasurably 

(since before the dawn of your democracy)

that I too, am 
homo sapien
& a native son
just like you;

yet, more than just
a denizen, i am a citizen
considered an outcast
in the skin i’m in

from a vacated American
dream, that still exploits us
“in God we trust,”

as we dwell within a struggle 

that leaves no room
for the sin of omission
on the road seldom
traveled by the multitude.


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