Friday, April 25, 2008

"If We Must Die"

"If We Must Die"
-Claude McKay

If we must die, let it not be like hogs
Hunted and penned in an inglorious spot,
While round us bark the mad and hungry dogs,
Making their mock at our accursed lot.
If we must die, O let us nobly die,
So that our precious blood may not be shed
In vain; then even the monsters we defy
Shall be constrained to honor us though dead!
O kinsmen we must meet the common foe!
Though far outnumbered let us show us brave,
And for their thousand blows deal one deathblow!
What though before us lies the open grave?
Like men we'll face the murderous, cowardly pack,
Pressed to the wall, dying, but fighting back!

(I don't need to explain)

4 Comments:

Anonymous Clemenza said...

Claude McCay - the original Jamaican Don dada (by way of Harlem)

April 26, 2008 1:19 PM  
Blogger RobGaines said...

Most definitely!

April 26, 2008 3:51 PM  
Blogger CaesarKwest said...

I've been thinking about this all day. A song is forthcoming.

Rob Gaines should produce it

April 26, 2008 7:08 PM  
Blogger RobGaines said...

I got you. Let me know what you thinkin'

April 27, 2008 1:41 PM  

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