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Child of a Slave

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Child of a Slave

For the umpteenth time
the sun burned
and barked the earth dry

Trees stood bare like skeletons
Far away, the river moved slowly along its banks
the vultures flew low and high
surveying the scene below
heaps upon stacks 

         a hyena's feast
     copious of it
it's a joyous festival

The staccato sound of the laughing guns 
Jerky jerkily …. 
reigns on the land 
Thirsty for blood
and flesh too…

Across the seas 
on the telly
the scene captured and splashed
for the stone-cold eyes
on dinner tables
drinking champagne 


as they celebrate 
the birth of another child of a slave

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  1. Date: 7/23/2013 4:42:00 AM
    This is amazing James!