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That We Were Able to Wed by Raymond A. Foss

Talking with the girls
answering their urgent questions
knowing only in part
the truth of segregation

Going out, continuing my work
something to relate
the depth of the divide of hate

Seeing others as property
somehow lower than man
that they should be set apart
the white man from the black

Looking the girls in the eye
something real and clear
that their mother and I
were able to wed

The reward of all the struggle and pain
not longer kept apart
able to follow love instead

January 17, 2010
January 16 conversation with the girls about
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
and segregation,
including discussion of the right of interracial couples
could marry in all 50 states only recently
Loving v. Virginia, ruling that all states must allow
interracial marriage, 1967
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