Free Woman, by Ingrid Bruck

I am not a silent poet

After Langston Hughes
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Let America be America again,
Where sheiks turn the firehouse into a temple
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Where wearing a turban won’t get you shot
And a man slapped to the floor doesn’t get his ribs kicked
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Let America be America again
A science museum turned into a classroom where Chinese artisans craft
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Where visiting the zoo isn’t for the bear eating the preacher
And that preacher ain’t no geek in the corner wearing a dunce cap
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Let America be America again,
Where children sleek as rabbits climb the jungle gym
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Hang upside down on monkey bars,
Walk balanced on top of a fence rail
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Slight and slim, they run its length unafraid of falling 
As I once did on a fallen oak over a stream
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Let America be America again,
Where a girl jeered by boys as a…

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