Incident

  • Incident

  • Countee Cullen

    Once riding in old Baltimore,

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  • Heart-filled, head-filled with glee;

  • I saw a Baltimorean

  • Keep looking straight at me.

  • Countee Cullen

    Now I was eight and very small,

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  • And he was no whit bigger,

  • And so I smiled, but he poked out

  • His tongue, and called me, β€œNigger.”

  • Countee Cullen

    I saw the whole of Baltimore

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  • From May until December;

  • Of all the things that happened there

  • That's all that I remember.


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