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At the Closed Gate of Justice
Θωμάς Ξωμερίτης | 29.04.2015 | 17:30
TO be a Negro in a day like this            
  Demands forgiveness. Bruised with blow on blow,            
Betrayed, like him whose woe dimmed eyes gave bliss         
  Still must one succor those who brought one low,               
To be a Negro in a day like this.
 
To be a Negro in a day like this              
  Demands rare patience—patience that can wait    
In utter darkness. ’Tis the path to miss,  
  And knock, unheeded, at an iron gate, 
To be a Negro in a day like this
 
To be a Negro in a day like this              
  Demands strange loyalty. We serve a flag            
Which is to us white freedom’s emphasis.             
  Ah! one must love when Truth and Justice lag,   
To be a Negro in a day like this.
 
To be a Negro in a day like this—          
  Alas! Lord God, what evil have we done?           
Still shines the gate, all gold and amethyst,            
  But I pass by, the glorious goal unwon,               
“Merely a Negro”—in a day like this!
 
του James D. Corrothers (1869–1917)