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Runaway Train

Come, my Negro brethren, come.

Come my children, and let me take you away, 
Away from that sad, sad struggle in the South 
To your human rights of freedom in the North.

Come, my Negro brethren, come.

Slavery is a sin that will not go unpunished, 
And like Moses I will guide you safely from your
Phony Pharaohs to a prosperous promised land.

Come, my Negro brethren, come.

We are not beasts of their burdens!  But, a
Proud people who will not be whisked 
And walloped anymore by their wild whips.  

Come, my Negro brethren, come.

There is one of two glorious gifts you have the
Inherent right to: liberty or death, if you could 
Not have one you can certainly have the other.

Come, my Negro brethren, come.

The ride is long, cold and exhausting.  We travel 
Under the blanket of night guided by a heavenly 
Star sitting quietly in the silent Northern sky.   

Come, my Negro brethren, come.

You will find rest and hide during the day. 
I have carried many others this way
Not a one lost, not a one led astray.

Come, my Negro brethren, come.

Saturday is upon us and it is time to catch
Your train. For today is the day the Lord hath
Made.  Freedom is upon us—first, let us pray.

Come my Negro brethren, come.

Copyright © Mike Butler

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  1. Date: 5/19/2010 2:01:00 PM
    Thank you for your comments and I will think about them and may make a change or two. I like this poem a lot, it tells a story. I had a great grandfather who ran an underground railroad thru Kentucky. I like the rhythm and the structure. I stumble a little at the liberty or death stanza one or the other, not sure why, but this is great and makes me think of what that was like. Thank you

  1. Date: 5/18/2010 10:20:00 AM
    It was a pleasure to read your poetry this morning Mike. I hope you have a wonderful day filled with inspiration. Love,Carol

  1. Date: 5/18/2010 10:00:00 AM
    I really enjoyed this powerful peace. You write with a lot of pride and conviction. Keep up the good work.

  1. Date: 5/18/2010 4:34:00 AM
    The repetitive sentence gives good rhythm to the journey. Good luck

  1. Date: 5/17/2010 11:25:00 PM
    Outstanding work!! Exceptional!! My best wishes in the Contest, Mike. A winner in my list. Ruben.