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To kill a mocking bird
Posted by: Emily **** (---.112.136.6.stc.mn.charter.com)
Date: January 10, 2005 12:02AM

I need a poem by someone famous about treating people differantly because they'er differant! HELP!

Re: To kill a mocking bird
Posted by: lg (---.ca.charter.com)
Date: January 10, 2005 12:25AM

The Shroud of Color

"Lord, being dark," I said, "I cannot bear
The further touch of earth, the scented air;
Lord, being dark, forewilled to that despair
My color shrouds me in, I am as dirt
Beneath my brother's heel; there is a hurt
In all the simple joys which to a child
Are sweet; they are contaminate, defiled
By truths of wrongs the childish vision fails
To see; too great a cost this birth entails.
I strangle in this yoke drawn tighter than
The worth of bearing it, just to be man.
I am not brave enough to pay the price
In full; I lack the strength to sacrifice
I who have burned my hands upon a star,
And climbed high hills at dawn to view the far
Illimitable wonderments of earth,
For whom all cups have dripped the wine of mirth,
For whom the sea has strained her honeyed throat
Till all the world was sea, and I a boat
Unmoored, on what strange quest I willed to float;
Who wore a many-colored coat of dreams,
Thy gift, O Lord--I whom sun-dabbled streams
Have washed, whose bare brown thighs have held the sun
Incarcerate until his course was run,
I who considered man a high-perfected
Glass where loveliness could lie reflected,
Now that I sway athwart Truth's deep abyss,
Denuding man for what he was and is,
Shall breath and being so inveigle me
That I can damn my dreams to hell, and be
Content, each new-born day, anew to see
The steaming crimson vintage of my youth
Incarnadine the altar-slab of Truth?

This is just the first stanza. It is a very long poem. It can be found in its entirety here:


Re: To kill a mocking bird
Posted by: LRye (---.brmngh01.mi.comcast.net)
Date: January 10, 2005 11:09AM

Try Tony Hoagland's poem "Beauty" (from DONKEY GOSPEL)
where the sister is treated differently after a disease marrs
her beauty, and how she (and even harder, for the speaker,
the brother) to accept that looks dont matter anymore.


Re: To kill a mocking bird
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.denver-02rh15-16rt.co.dial-access.att.net)
Date: January 10, 2005 12:12PM

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