Cotton

White snow

But then, what other color is it?

No, white fluffy lamb's wool

Soft

Oh

Cotton

White cotton

They say it is the color of beauty

Which means our brown fingers

Picking it

Must taint it

Pick a bale of cotton

Pick a bale a day

Gonna pick a bale of cotton

If I can only hold on till night

Fields of white

Fields of dark people

Weaving among the rows of white

I hate this cotton

I wish it would burn

The whole field of it

Master would sell us then, though

And though he's rotton, who might

We get next?

Could always be worse

I suppose...I hope

That Heaven

Will have no cotton

And the fields

Will be full

Of my people in rest

This poem is about: 
My country

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