• House of Slaves

    by Keairra Childress

    Christians, Buddhists, Muslims, and Atheists
    Torn between the Torah, the Quran, and the New and Old Testament –
    Have we come so far to forget the Jews on the brink of genocide,
    Or the white man’s will of complete annihilation of the African people?
    We are not free.
    We are not liberty.
    But simply…
    A House of Slaves.

    We prostrate ourselves before the altar of voiceless deities.
    I, a Descendant, stand trying to guess what my ancestors felt as they
    Stood on what was supposed to be the foundation of all beliefs,
    I had a conversation with their pain and convinced it to leave.
    Yet before it left it pleaded with me,
    To acknowledge all the Ancestral lives within me
    And pour out a libation to honor their return…
    From the House of Slaves.

    While I explore this heritage
    I submit to the beat of the drum
    Allowing my spirit to be drawn into the orbit of their spirituality.

    So while I search for a valuable understanding of yesterday,
    I see shaved heads and painted faces…
    Gas chambers and church burnings…
    Lynchings and trails of tears…
    Black faces standing tall and regal…
    Slave ships and mutilations…
    Distorted views and deafening cries…
    Chains and cages…
    Illiterate minds and ignorant souls…
    Condensed thoughts and whipped backs…
    Demoralized and dehumanized…
    Tied and bound…
    Neither hopes nor dreams…
    Only impassioned faces anticipating a lightening of their emotional load…



    posted to Cedar Street Times on January 30, 2009

    Topics: Uncategorized

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