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February 11th 1990

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                                          —for Dennis Brutus

This year the leaves turn red green black
freedom colors each leaf
each stitch of grass. I am amazed
at my sweet harvest. The prison door has opened
and a nation’s heart is released. I am full
having spent my greediness in a ritual of joy.

Wanda Coleman, “February 11th 1990” from Hand Dance. Copyright © 1992 by Wanda Coleman. Reprinted by permission of Wanda Coleman.
Source: Hand Dance (Black Sparrow Press, 1992)
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February 11th 1990

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