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First Line: I ride a-tilt because
Last Line: Your son!
Alternate Author Name(s): Tremaine, John
Subject(s): Racial Equality


I ride a-tilt because
Life charges through my veins—
Mixed forces guide the reins
And I must on.

Astride the universe
I go, nor pause nor rest,
With sharp swords at my breast
To lean upon.

These fierce contending bloods
Churn in the depths of me;
Merged in a mighty sea
They urge me on.

O White Men, Black and Red
Look through God's lens and see
This fused intensity—
The man to be,
Your son!





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