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History --- And I Cry

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History --- And I Cry

O to be young, young gifted and black,
But, what of those that were not good in the sack? 
Their usefulness was constantly under attack.
Some went to the fields, into the fields never came back.

Gut wrenching sounds from the mothers as they cry.
Mingled with the wails of babies sucking on breast dry.
Beautiful ebony skin, tarnished, the naked sun fry.
This was not God’s intent, so brother, why, why, why!


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  1. Date: 3/2/2014 1:08:00 PM
    Hey Joy just popping by to see if you are ok, haven't seen you around in a while and it's nice to read your great poems, I hope you are ok...David

  1. Date: 6/1/2013 5:27:00 AM
    Because someone has to do it hon so the rich can stay rich, from 14 -18 I worked in the tabacco fields in my state, BY LAW they could keep us under the nets unless the temp went over 105 under there! So glad you're back Light & Love

  1. Date: 5/5/2013 11:23:00 AM
    I do love this poem, so filled with historical references. Just wanted you to know that I really do miss you. love and hugs, Catie :)

  1. Date: 4/30/2013 1:57:00 AM
    Tears and anguish condensed into truth, turning pain into a prayer.

  1. Date: 3/8/2013 1:31:00 PM
    let it flow good poem

  1. Date: 2/26/2013 7:16:00 PM
    a very touching and emotional write here. Very well done. It was not a time in history that we can be proud of of.... anyway, i am thinking of you a lot these days, and missing you. love and hugs, your sis, Catie :)

  1. Date: 2/14/2013 3:13:00 PM
    This is a profound write, Joy...haunting and extremel sad...a tragedy that left indelible stains many centuries after. As usual, God has the final word! Love you! Annalise

  1. Date: 2/14/2013 8:43:00 AM
    This is a tremendous and amazing write my friend! I loved reading this intense poem this morning! What a meaningful piece, Great Work!!