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Saturday, July 4, 2020

July 4th and Jungle Dreams Tanka

inspired by Spike Lee's Da 5 Bloods and written for Black Vietnam Veterans

July 4th
crossed out on his calendar ...
jungle dreams 
erupt like fireworks
through his war-torn mind

Note: Spike Lee closes Da 5 Bloods with a quote from a speech Martin Luther King made the year before he died, in which King quotes Langston Hughes: 

O, yes
I say it plain
America never was America to me
And yet I swear this oath—
America will be!