R.A. Burleigh

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He would not go, not cease, not die
Despite the pain that he had seen
Despite the brutality he had seen
Despite his body cuts and boisterous bruises

He walked the twenty years to docks
Where boats brought civil goods
Iike flour to the sleepy bread-man
Like rivets to the grand blank towers

His children grew to hate old novel words
But he kept walking, kept mumbling to his pen
Because he had one last fleeting vision
One image found like silver springs In quiet wood

The whale was gone; no one had cared
The negro was gone; no one was moved ...

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