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Despite the crime,

Despite the grit and grime,

Despite the rhetoric

Challenging his citizenship,

Let the records show

For all the nation to know,

For future generations

And history’s preservation,

That the 1st Black President lived here,

The home of Home Run Inn Pizza,

Buildings tall enough to kiss God,

Brutal winters,

And hot Jazz spots,

Notorious politicians,

The backdrop of fabulously famous writers,

Oprah’s former stomping ground,


More than a “toddlin’ town”

It’s called home for millions,

Where greatness hangs its hat,

A mecca for movers and shakers,

A great source of pride…


© 2012 Jennifer Brown Banks

Bio: Jennifer Brown Banks is an award-winning poet, blogger and columnist.

She blogs at http://Penandprosper.blogspot.com/



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