Burdens

 

Take up the White Man’s burden–
Can you kill
Send forth the best ye breed–
Can a nigger kill a honkie
Go, bind your sons to exile
To serve your captives’ need;
Can a nigger kill the Man
Can you kill nigger
To wait, in heavy harness,
Huh? nigger can you
Take up the White Man’s burden–
Do you know how to draw blood
On fluttered folk and wild–
Your new-caught sullen peoples
Can you poison
Can you stab-a-Jew
Half devil and half child.
Can you kill huh? nigger
In patience to abide,
To veil the threat of terror
And check the show of pride;
Can you run a protestant down with your
’68 El Dorado
By open speech and simple,
(that’s all they’re good for anyway)
Take up the White Man’s burden–
The savage wars of peace–
Fill full the mouth of Famine,
And bid the sickness cease;
And when your goal is nearest
Can you piss on a blond head
Take up the White Man’s burden–
No iron rule of kings,
But toil of serf and sweeper–
Can you cut it off
Can you kill
(The end for others sought)
Watch sloth and heathen folly
Bring all your hope to nought.
The tale of common things.
We ain’t got to prove we can die
We got to prove we can kill
They sent us to kill
Japan and Africa
Take up the White Man’s burden,
And reap his old reward–
The blame of those ye better
Can you kill your nigger mind
And free your black hands to
strangle
Can you kill
The hate of those ye guard–
We policed europe
An hundred times made plain,
The ports ye shall not enter,
The roads ye shall not tread,
Can you kill a white man
Can you kill the nigger
in you
The cry of hosts ye humour
(Ah, slowly!) toward the light:–
Can you make your nigger mind
die
Can a nigger kill
“Why brought ye us from bondage,
Our loved Egyptian night?”
Can you shoot straight and
Fire for good measure
Can you splatter their brains in the street
Can you kill them
The silent sullen peoples
We kill in Viet Nam
Take up the White Man’s burden–
Ye dare not stoop to less–
Nor call too loud on Freedom
To cloak your weariness.
By all ye will or whisper,
By all ye leave or do,
Can you lure them to bed to kill them
Can we learn to kill WHITE for BLACK

 


PROMPT 30
:

Write a cento. This is a poem that is made up of lines taken from other poems.
LINES from :
The White Man’s Burdenby Rudyard Kipling (1897)
and
The True Import Of Present Dialogue, Black vs. Negro by Nikki Giovanni (1968)

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