Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, LOOK WITHIN, by CLAUDE MCKAY



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First Line: Lord, let me not be silent while we fight
Last Line: While worm-infested, rotten through within!
Alternate Author Name(s): Edwards, Eli
Subject(s): Fascism & Fascists; Racism; United States; World War Ii; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry; America; Second World War


Lord, let me not be silent while we fight
In Europe Germans, Asia Japanese
For setting up a Fascist way of might
While fifteen million Negroes on their knees
Pray for salvation from the Fascist yoke
Of these United States. Remove the beam
(Nearly two thousand years since Jesus spoke)
From your own eyes before the mote you deem
It proper from your neighbor's to retract!
We bathe our lives in vapors of sweet myrrh,
And close our eyes not to perceive the fact!
But Jesus said: You white sepulcher,
Pretending to be uncorrupt of sin,
While worm-infested, rotten through within!





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