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The Slave

From a far away land he was brought in chains
In a dark hole of a black ship he was sold for gains.
His life belonged to another,
And to the highest bidder he was sold to his keeper’s brother.
He worked from first light to past the setting sun
And then did more until the work was done.
Six days a week, with rest on one
He toiled at hard labor under the scorch of the sun.
The crack of a whip
Brought no words from his lips
He just looked down
And worked without a sound.
For his labors he received not a cent,
He did and went where he was sent.
A crude shelter he called his home
Worn clothes were all that covered his bones.
Of family he was not allowed any
And friends, truly there were not very many.
When his life was ended in a rude bed he was laid,
And his worn body then placed in an unmarked grave.


Copyright © Richard Moriarty

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  1. Date: 11/3/2012 1:09:00 PM
    Very good poem about a horrible (though profitable) human undertaking... Terry

  1. Date: 10/30/2012 3:08:00 PM
    Lest we forget, eh? Fine write. Congrats on the selection. daver

  1. Date: 10/29/2012 12:40:00 PM
    Slavery was and is one of the cruelest and most despicable of human activities. Congratulations on being featured.

  1. Date: 11/26/2011 10:16:00 AM
    I've read books on the slave trade and was horrified the way human beings were treated. Your poem is true and right on the mark, brings so many emotions re this situation.

  1. Date: 8/17/2011 4:52:00 PM
    This is just so sad my friend. Many lived and died that way. Many slaves in many lands down through history. Sad. A good write. God Bless, JB

  1. Date: 6/15/2011 8:55:00 PM
    Hey Richard, enjoyed reading your poem. Very nice write. I see you take your time in writing. Good job.

  1. Date: 6/1/2011 4:38:00 AM
    As sad as it's true, you've captured the emotion quite well. Glad to have read your poem today.