or Psalms Fell on Alabama
My home is also the home of the first U.S. Mardi Gras.
My home is also the home of the last tree to grow Strange Fruit.
We have small, proud mountains.
We mine them.
We have beautiful rivers and bays.
We pollute them.
We wear a black belt of rich farmland
which we sell to corporations.
We are strong in our faith
but we use our bible belt to beat down .
It is the home of the Tuskegee Airmen.
It is the home of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study.
It is the birthplace of Coretta and Condoleezza; Harper and Helen; Rosa.
It is the resting place of of Michael and Billy Jack.
It had the meeting place of the United Klans of America,
until Mrs. Donald took them down for her son.
It is a land of beauty and richness.
It is a land of hate and poverty.
We fear Them because
we don't understand that there is only Us
I love my home state,
and it breaks my heart.
written: 3/8/13 for dVerse Oh the Places We Live prompt
Sweet Home Alabama Stars Fell on Alabama Strange Fruit Tuskegee Airman Tuskegee Syphilis Study Coretta Scott King Condoleezza Rice Helen Keller Harper Lee Rosa Parks Michael Donald Billy Jack Gaither Beulah Mae Donald