Slavery

1. The Pit

When I think of slavery,
(So soon à la mode)
I see how short the road
From culture to obscenity;
How elegant the veil
That drapes the tale
Of white sub-bestiality.

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2. Will You?
The shame and grief that scab our bloody past
Demand from you yet more than we have taken –
From furnaces of hell, refined and cast
In gold,
A greatness that our evil left unshaken.

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