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Once I was a baby, wide eyed and smiling.

With the sun in my throat,

I sang. Of sky and trees and parents and the first time I tried ice cream.

The world was so much bigger then,

But I’m smaller than that now.

 

As a child the kindergarten was filled all kinds of kids

And yet, I’d never seen a black man

Wander in with such different/special skin.

The world was so much bigger then,

But I’m smaller than that now.

 

My thumbtack profile shows my face, my race,

my smile and form of dress.

The place I set my feet down and the coffee I like best.

All these things I share.

And yet, they are contained within my little square.

The world was so much bigger then,

I’m smaller than that now.

 

A logarithm cabin puffs out a white cloud,

That’s me!

Filtering through the air, I feel myself’s individuality

Even the ads floating around, will be different between you and me.

I was so much bigger then,

We’re smaller than that now.

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