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Dream Song 60: Afters eight years, be less dan eight percent

Dream Song 60: Afters eight years, be less dan eight percent

Afters eight years, be less dan eight percent,
Distinguish’ friend, of coloured wif de whites
In de School, in de Souf.
€”Is coloured gobs, is coloured officers,
Mr Bones. Dat’s nuffin? —Uncle Tom,
Sweep shut yo mouf,

Is million blocking from de proper job,
De fairest houses & de churches eben.
€”You may be right, Friend Bones.
Indeed you is. Defy flyin ober de world,
De pilots, ober ofays. Bit by bit
Our immemorial moans

Brown down to all dere moans. I flees that, sah.
They brownin up to ourn. Who gonna win?
€”I wouldn’t predict.
But I do guess mos peoples gonna lose.
I never saw no pickle wifout no hand.
O my, without no hand.



Poem Dream Song 60: Afters eight years, be less dan eight percent - John Berryman
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