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I hear music of faith and hope in fingers that have healed my despair when my manhood was jailed in Scottsboro, assassinated in Memphis, unemployed in Harlem. No, love, your hands are not just hands. Yours are brown miracles: America has no hands more beautiful than yours. Never in history have there been hands precisely like yours, And they are merely two parts of a miraculous woman. " Not the brown rivers of your eyes. Not the magical melody of your voice. Not the vibrant rhythm of your sensuous smile.

I see you now on Vogue And in the Fashion Fair. Stay here with me, if you will, in our mountain home Page 34 And bloom your velvet Diana strain forever in my sub-Saharan heart. Yet, if you prefer life in gardens around the earth If you prefer to live with the rose of Southern China Or the hibiscus of Western Nigeria, Then be free; Have dominion over the gardens around the earth, And bloom wherever you wish; But remember always the lessons of home, For some day or night, Time, our fathers tell us, shall be no more; And we shall be awakened by a great Tanzanian drum calling us home to that great garden in the sky Home to that nation Where one Chief reigns, And one tribe shall praise His name.

They pray, I know, for an end to this grim night, For the daybreak of peace and innocence to dawn upon the sad hills And wake them from an episodic tragedy. But you and I know that peace is gone, That innocence shall be no more on this side of the firerains. If Martin were with you now, He would join in hunting the outlaw(s) He was, you know, a private detective commissioned by the Father to find the source of evil And warn the children of its red-light origin. " It's up to us now to identify that Herodian creature.

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