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Affectionate Tropicana (Anthem)

Don’t cry sweet thing,
Understand, this world isn’t for you,

Brown eyes, Brown skin, Brown lips,
Brown hair, Brown hips, Brown fingertips,

Island girl, watched too much Television,
Believed the City of Angels was real,

Every day told return home,
Monday thru Friday, including weekends,
24/7, racists don’t take lunch breaks,

Saw you riding the subway,
Ignoring three privileged pieces of trash,

Shaved the left side of your head,
Red hair, red lip stick, red contacts,
Wore a Hendrix Tee, Rastafarian roots,

Don’t cry sweet thing,
Understand, this world isn’t for you,

Though a child’s eyes, witnessed a drought,
Carried no change, believed Kafka was prophetic,
Spoke in parables, refused to show identification,

Lectured on street corners teaching Marxist theory,
No hat asking for change nor donations,
How we met was mystical, maybe biblical,

Arrested for disorderly conduct,
Hard to refuse after noticing freckles,
Helped you escape in exchange for one coffee date,

Don’t cry sweet thing,
Understand, this world isn’t for you,

‘Where are you from’,
Simple reply, Port-au-Prince, Haiti,
Accent strong, Haitian Creole,

[She asked, ‘so why did you do it’]

Life doesn’t need metal bars,
For an individual to feel imprisoned,

Brown eyes searched for signs of dishonesty,
Asked if you would like to have dinner back at my place,
Promised it would be under candle light,

Felt the internal fire of your Haitian grace as we kissed,
In the bedroom, you weren’t a scholar but a seductive lover,
This morning, when I saw you stayed, I thanked God,

Don’t cry sweet thing,
Understand, this world isn’t for you,

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