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First Line: Poor old abner, poor old white-haired nigger
Last Line: Are on your knees, and you are silent and broken.
Subject(s): African Americans; Old Age; Negroes; American Blacks


Poor old Abner, poor old white-haired nigger!
I remember when you were so strong
you hung yourself by a rope round the neck
in Doc Hollister's barn to prove you could beat
the faker in the circus -- and it didn't kill you.
Now your face is in your hands, and your elbows
are on your knees, and you are silent and broken.





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