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Then-to-Now

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Then-to-Now

From the dusty roads, cotton fields, plows, and plantations-
We sung our souls happy was our only consolation.
Awoke before dawn -had to -was the masters soil,
Till all was done and the master had his spoil.
Working, slaving, all day in the blistering hot sun,
Couldn't rest nor quit til Mr says all was done.
Time and again we did our best, still be beat,
Til we couldn't stand on our own - two feet.
Look at our blistered hands from pulling the plow,
Soon we'd escape it some way some how.
Crosses they'd burn, on our homes they'd trod,
We'd continue to sing praises and pray to our God.
Pray the day would soon be here- we'd overcome,
Yet, never forget where he brought us from.
Tho' things are better now but, not by far,
Mirrored man behind me still bears the scar.
Some things in this world give off some sensation,
The actions of people bring back the same plantation.

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  1. Date: 3/22/2012 1:21:00 PM
    Hi Valerie-I like this and understand what you are trying to convey with this well written piece.Sadly we still haven't learnt. We continue to demean and hurt one another be it because of race creed or colour and of course also for money.You have alot to say and I feel you express it very well.Thank you for this.Although the subject is an unpleasant one I still found it enjoyable to read. Love June(Sylvia)

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    Date: 3/25/2012 6:05:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you...I really love you for this comment. Have a great coming week.
  1. Date: 3/22/2012 1:20:00 PM
    Hi Valerie-I like this and understand what you are trying to convey with this well written piece.Sadly we still haven't learnt. We continue to demean and hurt one another be it because of race creed or colour and of course also for money.You have alot to say and I feel you express it very well.Thank you for this.Although the subject is an unpleasant one I still found it enjoyable to read. Love June(Sylvia)

  1. Date: 3/22/2012 1:19:00 PM
    Hi Valerie-I like this and understand what you are trying to convey with this well written piece.Sadly we still haven't learnt. We continue to demean and hurt one another be it because of race creed or colour and of course also for money.You have alot to say and I feel you express it very well.Thank you for this.Although the subject is an unpleasant one I still found it enjoyable to read. Love June(Sylvia)

  1. Date: 3/22/2012 1:18:00 PM
    Hi Valerie-I like this and understand what you are trying to convey with this well written piece.Sadly we still haven't learnt. We continue to demean and hurt one another be it because of race creed or colour and of course also for money.You have alot to say and I feel you express it very well.Thank you for this.Although the subject is an unpleasant one I still found it enjoyable to read. Love June(Sylvia)