imagine a people
totally severed

from their birth language
and tangible culture.

imagine a people
shipped to a new land

and coined sub-human
by those that control.

imagine a people
deprived of all schooling

then many years later
seen as hostile and brutish.

imagine a people
thank God all-mighty

free at last,
in word only.

imagine a people
free at last

subdued by discrimination,
imprisonment and redlining.

imagine a people
murdered by the law

because the freed people
don’t fit an accepted image.

imagine these people
overcoming adversity

and learning self-acceptance
outweighs anyone else’s.