The Great Emancipators

in anticipation of Presidents' Day

“The National Mall”

We fought to make all men free,
We thought that all men might see,
How we worked our country great to make
You mean for those you robbed
it was merely fate?
The Mall is paved with good intentions.
Its phallic marble
with white erections.

* 17 February is an official holiday for white supremacy in the US

Dr T.P. Wilkinson writes, teaches History and English, directs theatre and coaches cricket between the cradles of Heine and Saramago. He is author of Unbecoming American: A War Memoir and also Church Clothes, Land, Mission and the End of Apartheid in South Africa. Read other articles by T.P..