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    The black in me
    identity
    essence
    inner strength
    way back then
    proud and walking on so free
    killing lions and tigers
    ruling my land
    everything I could see was tended
    by my hand
    the black in me
    was proud and free!

    Wives and children laughed
    worked and danced
    while I told stories of the majestic elephants
    tall gangling giraffes
    they made fire and fed us the meat I skinned
    we lay down and slept
    together
    happy and humming
    the land was dry and hot and wild
    I learned to survive it as a little child
    life was as it should be
    it seemed to me
    the black in me
    was proud and free!

    Dancing in the tradition of my ancestors
    who now lay below, content
    playing the bamboo flute, the drum
    and one-string ground bow
    we honor their teachings
    we honor our futures
    as we dance the dance
    of the African tribal teachers
    our wise men live on in the mind and the spirit
    with wild freedom
    in tune with both life and death.
    Africa! As only we can know it
    the black in me
    was still proud and free!

    I didn’t know then of the strangers coming
    didn’t know some of my brothers
    would help put us in a pen
    didn’t think we were cattle
    to be locked up and driven
    didn’t imagine what we’d endure
    sailing in the dark
    sick and dying in our own filth
    crying for our wives and children
    wracked with guilt
    abiding anger and
    deep, deep despair
    for what reason
    did our gods bring us here?
    do they know we left
    our beautiful Africa behind?
    can they see us shackled here
    frustration clouding our minds?
    the black in me
    no longer proud and free!
    what has become of the black in me?

    Furious and caged
    chained hands and feet
    numbered and auctioned
    owned and beat
    why was it MY world
    that turned upside down?
    bowing this head
    where was once a crown?
    my mind still can’t see
    that it’s the black in me
    that rendered me
    inhuman
    to the eyes of
    The Bossman

    ©nomadicrhymer



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    You are certainly a Princess in my eyes. I cannot begin to believe I can understand such a struggle, nor hardly believe it actually took place on this soil...and, thanks to the devil in people who know better...still tries to take place even unto this day. Such a shame never covered another country or peoples...


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    nomadicrhymer JPiC Premium VIP Member

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    Thanks for reading, Benny!! This was written from a Warrior's viewpoint...proud, but confused, angry, lost and in despair...no longer in control of his own destiny! I myself can't even imagine what it was like...but for those way back then who endured...AMEN! Yes, it IS a crying shame that even now there are so many slaves throughout the world, in many other countries between Asia and Africa.

    Nomad

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