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Lane Versus State Of Tennessee (A Commemorative Response)

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Lane Versus State Of Tennessee (A Commemorative Response)

I traveled back in history
And stood on marble stone
Amazed at how I got there
For it wasnít on my own
From sitting on the sidewalk
And watching people crawl
To sitting in The Courtroom
In architecture awe
Being stabbed by memories
I wished I donít recall
I began to truly wonder if I was there at all
Or if I had been injured by the last nights fall
When a curbcut into Georgetown
Laid out its cruel attack
And I found myself in a DC street
Laying on my back
Trapped in my own wheelchair
The one that sets me free
God, I am so lucky
How can all this be?
The Tennessee contingent
A trip that seems surreal.
TV cannot capture
All the pain I feel
And yet I rise in glory
Grateful
I am here
Even when confronted
By uncertainty and fear
For I am not a blank slate
My future is unclear
Will the laws protect me
And the dreams that I hold dear?
Nine justices will tell us
But we will have to wait
Where rests the constitution?
With the people, or the state?
I traveled back in history
And stood on marble stone
Amazed at how I got there
For it wasnít on my own
Amazed that when I got there
I did not stand alone.

By Ramona Harvey

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