Kansas schools bear strange fruit,
Psalms in the science,
Darwin yanked from the root,
Genesis lesson in biology,
Strange fruit rip'ning from these faculty
Enlightened scene of the modern West,
The stickered books and the scripture test,
Bust of Ben Franklin, wise and free
Then the sudden hint of Khomeni.
Here is fruit for preachers to pluck,
For pundits to gather,
for zealots to suck,
For TV to rot, for high school to drop,
Here is a strange and bitter crop.
Based on the Lewis Allen poem sung by Billie Holiday
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