“I TOO MOURN” BY JERRY T JOHNSON

19 February 2021 on Poetry   Tags:

—after Langston Hughes

Liberty misunderstood
Liberty misrepresented
Liberty lied on, lied about

wears a veil, dresses
in sackcloth, spreads ash
across her forehead, ashes
across her landscapes torn

Liberty weeps beneath darkness
Liberty gazes upon terror once again
Liberty outraged once again
Liberty overwhelmed falls to the ground

Liberty rises, Liberty stands, Liberty raises her torch

But does Liberty raise her torch for all?
Like Langston, I’m the darker brother
and I Too Sing America, and despite
the fact that Liberty in the harbor

never welcomed me, alongside Liberty

I Too Mourn

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Jerry T. Johnson is a Poet and Spoken Word Artist whose poetry has appeared in a variety of literary publications worldwide. Jerry also features at many Spoken Word and Poetry venues in the New York City and Southern Connecticut areas. Jerry lives with his wife Raye in Danbury, Connecticut. You may follow Jerry’s work on the following social media networks:
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