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Strange Fruit
« on: March 29, 2011, 06:06:25 PM »

    Strange Fruit

    Southern trees bear strange fruit,
    Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,
    Black body swinging in the Southern breeze,
    Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.

    Pastoral scene of the gallant South,
    The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth,
    Scent of magnolia sweet and fresh,
    Then the sudden smell of burning flesh!

    Here is fruit for the crows to pluck,
    For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck,
    For the sun to rot, for the tree to drop,
    Here is a strange and bitter crop.

- Abel Meeropol

Lawrence Beitler's photograph of the lynching of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith in Marion, Indiana, USA in 1930.
This photograph was cited by Abel Meeropol (under the pen name Lewis Allan) as the inspiration to his poem "Strange Fruit",
he later set it to music and it became Billie Holiday's most famous song.

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