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A Prayer

By Cotter, Joseph Seamon, Jr.

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Book Id: WPLBN0000247652
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Reproduction Date: 2007
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Title: A Prayer  
Author: Cotter, Joseph Seamon, Jr.
Language: English
Subject: Fiction, Poetry, Verse drama
Collections: Poetry Collection
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Publisher: World Public Library Association


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Excerpt: AS I lie in bed, // Flat on my back; // There passes across my ceiling // An endless panaroma of things- // Quick steps of gay-voiced children, // Adolescence in its wondering silences, // Maid and man on moonlit summer's eve, // Women in the holy glow of Motherhood, // Old men gazing silently through the twilight // Into the beyond. // O God, give me words to make my dream-children live. // Joseph Seamon Cotter, Jr. // And What Shall You Say? // BROTHER, come! // And let us go unto our God. // And when we stand before Him // I shall say- // Lord, I do not hate, // I am hated. // I scourge no one, // I am scourged. // I covet no lands, // My lands are coveted. // I mock no peoples, // My people are mocked. // And, brother, what will you say? // Joseph Seamon Cotter, Jr. // Is It Because I Am Black? // WHY do men smile when I speak, // And call my speech // The whimperings of a babe // That cries but knows not what it wants? // Is it because I am black? // Why do men sneer when I arise...


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