16 Apr
2018
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We Hold These Truths….

Declaration
by Tracy K. Smith

He has
………….sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our 
people…….
He has plundered our–

……………..ravaged our–

…………………….destroyed the lives of our….
…………………..–…………

taking away our–

………………………….abolishing our most valuable–

and altering fundamentally the Forms of our–

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for
Redress in the most humble terms:

…………………………….Our repeated
Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury.

We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration
and settlement here.

…………………………….–taken Captive
…………………………………..on the high Seas
………………………………………………………………..to bear

……………………………………..–………….. 

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“Declaration” is an erasure poem drawn from the text of the Declaration of Independence.

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