If we go back, if we walk into the old darkness.
And find Washington brooding under the long bridges,
We will find the dead still ablaze in the anguish of the egg,
The screams of Indians echoing in the compression chambers
Or disappearing into the tunnels of flashlights,
Mexicans falling, and soap buried alive.
Strange sugarbeets are living deep in the history books,
Sugarbeets that give blood, stones
That migrate, leaving cries among the stars,
Frozen ward-heelers crawling in the icy gutters.
To say our history is liberty after liberty is a lie:
We have a history of horse-beaters with red moustaches
Knocked down by a horse and bitten.