This country

This country

is our home,

the home

that was home

long before

whites came

to conquer

and take away

the home.


This ancient land,

with its grand expanses

and enchanting pockets

of uniquenesses unfurled,

like the desert rose,


all of us in

its ample

and nurturing

southern womb.


And we are

here together

as one people,

with one home,

kin of one country,

bound fully together

and united,

race with race,

first people with those

who came later,

hand with hand,

becoming all

that this land

wants us to

grow into,

wants us

to be.