or Nat Turner or Robert Lee. I was sired and weaned
in a tropic world. The palm tree and banana leaf,
mango and coconut, breadfruit and rubber trees know

Warm skies and gulf blue streams are in my blood. I belong

with the smell of fresh pine, with the trail of coon, and
the spring growth of wild onion.

I am no hothouse bulb to be reared in steam-heated flats

with the music of El and subway in my ears, walled in
by steel and wood and brick far from the sky.

I want the cotton fields, tobacco and the cane. I want to

walk along with sacks of seed to drop in fallow ground.
Restless music is in my heart and I am eager to be

O Southland, sorrow home, melody beating in my bone and

blood! How long will the Klan of hate, the hounds and
the chain gangs keep me from my own?