Native Son

for Langston Hughes
      James Baldwin
      Allen Ginsberg
      Public Enemy
      & Richard Wright

since your advent
it occurs to me
& has immeasurably 
(since before the dawn of your democracy)
that I too, am 
homo sapien
& a native son
just like you;
yet, more than just
a denizen, i am a citizen
considered an outcast
in the skin i’m in
from a vacated American
dream, that still exploits us
“in God we trust,”
as we dwell within a struggle 
that leaves no room
for the sin of omission
on the road seldom
traveled by the multitude.