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Northern Slaves

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Northern Slaves

In the silent breathing of night,
treading through 
the darkness and the hush
(A heavy band of slave)
like black ants snaking
through the forlorn distance.
Grieving with tears
Of yesterdays burning anguish. 
They hum a languid song
On the fragrant breath of wind.
A haunt that invades my trembling eyes 
With a thousand boundless tears
That quivers through the night.

The dreaded echoes came down the black pathway
Like a thousand men 
Galloping through the sultry breeze
(Were the heartless whips that toiled)
With dumb hands,
Feeding paled pink flesh 
With endless stings of cruel misery.

The stars curled around their naked feet
As they trampled the grass 
Wet with lurid dew and the masked
Beds of fragrant hues
Prancing in the hallowed night.
I could feel the storming of their sorrows,
The rock of their heart
Drooping with defeat.
Despair a master to their fading hope
That sailed across their faces.
Oh those foul notes budding with despair
Branched within their eyes.

The lulling whispers of their shackles
United with their treading feet like hooves
Cloaked with heavy weariness
(It surrounded the dead of night)

I hung up my fears
For I was bright with their pain
Oh I died that day 
Oh I died that day
While drifting to the helpless East
To that damp cold earth filled
With drowsy mournful Asters
Then the smell of dead men came alive
Black dogs clustered to the earth
Their children beside them with gripping hands!














 

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  1. Date: 9/16/2014 4:06:00 AM
    Hello, I am wanting to use this poem for my A Level English Literature Marxism coursework, but i need to know more about you as a poet. I have tried researching you as much as possible but couldn't find very much. I would my very greatful if you got back to me so I could question you about your carrer and this poem. Many thanks Illanna x

  1. Date: 11/9/2013 6:18:00 AM
    Coming back to revisit what I think is your best.....what an awesome piece..you could turn this into a novel....I'd love to see more stories! Have a beautiful day Mustapha

  1. Date: 11/1/2013 4:10:00 PM
    A very intense and dramatic poem, Mustapha. It is one of those poems which tugs at our heartstrings. Amazing work!...Thank you so much for the nice comments, once again!

  1. Date: 9/24/2013 3:55:00 PM
    I hung up my fears....need I say more?

  1. Date: 9/19/2013 3:06:00 AM
    Brilliant work, Mustapha..I absolutely love the imagery you weave into your work. I have written something on slavery too, I will go looking for it to post it.

  1. Date: 8/30/2013 9:04:00 PM
    Absolutely sad and heart wrenching is this piece about slavery...a journey that no man should ever make...a journey that alters the human psyche for generations! Amazing how you captured the essence of this journey! This definitely goes to my Favs List., Mustapha. Thanks for sharing this. Always, Annalise

    Mohammed Avatar Mustapha Mohammed
    Date: 8/31/2013 9:13:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you for your lovely feedback Annalise. Its so nice to hear from you.
  1. Date: 8/26/2013 5:28:00 AM
    This brilliant sorrowful work left me stunned! It is a masterpiece.

    Mohammed Avatar Mustapha Mohammed
    Date: 8/30/2013 7:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Monterey for your wonderful review. Hugs.
  1. Date: 8/22/2013 8:18:00 PM
    truly one of your best 10poems and skillfully done. . .

    Mohammed Avatar Mustapha Mohammed
    Date: 8/30/2013 7:12:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you buddy for your kind review.
  1. Date: 8/21/2013 3:06:00 PM
    I am nearly dazed reading this powerful stark truth and sadness to the very core. Absolute brilliant metaphor. WOW

    Mohammed Avatar Mustapha Mohammed
    Date: 8/30/2013 7:05:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you for that lovely review Karen. Have a great weekend ahead.
  1. Date: 8/14/2013 4:12:00 AM
    A very profound piece of writing. A bit sad though...Nice use of symbol and imagery.

    Mohammed Avatar Mustapha Mohammed
    Date: 8/30/2013 6:59:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Christine for your kind review.
  1. Date: 8/14/2013 1:17:00 AM
    An awesome write, Mustapha !!! - Well done! - oxox // Anne-Lise :)

    Mohammed Avatar Mustapha Mohammed
    Date: 8/30/2013 6:54:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you for your great review my friend. oxox
  1. Date: 8/13/2013 5:05:00 PM
    Mustapha....no words will come....I'm just honored to have read it....

    Mohammed Avatar Mustapha Mohammed
    Date: 8/30/2013 6:50:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Your words are enough to make my day Donna.
  1. Date: 8/11/2013 7:26:00 AM
    You are a gifted writer Mustapha, I am moved by your words. Straight to my favorites.

    Mohammed Avatar Mustapha Mohammed
    Date: 8/30/2013 6:44:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Richard for your kind review always partner.
  1. Date: 8/11/2013 6:15:00 AM
    WOW M&M.. This is one of the best and powerful poems... YET! deep... always...Linda

    Mohammed Avatar Mustapha Mohammed
    Date: 8/30/2013 6:38:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Linda for your kind review on this one. Have a great day ahead.
  1. Date: 8/10/2013 7:37:00 AM
    Mustapha, your poem is deep and emotional, I feel the pain in your words, well expressed and well written. Constance

    Mohammed Avatar Mustapha Mohammed
    Date: 8/30/2013 6:36:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Constance for your encouraging review.
  1. Date: 8/9/2013 8:14:00 AM
    beautiful poem friend Mustapha..thanks for sharing this. Have a nice day :)

    Mohammed Avatar Mustapha Mohammed
    Date: 8/30/2013 6:31:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Maria for your kind comment. Have a great day also friend.
  1. Date: 8/7/2013 10:49:00 AM
    hi, mus... looking forward to your new work... have a great day!..:) huggs

    Mohammed Avatar Mustapha Mohammed
    Date: 8/30/2013 6:30:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks for all your kindness my friend.
  1. Date: 8/7/2013 2:28:00 AM
    Oh my Mustapha...Every line is an absolute gem...'The stars curled around their naked feet'...'Oh I died that day, Oh I died that day' WOW...

    Mohammed Avatar Mustapha Mohammed
    Date: 8/30/2013 6:17:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Tim for your lovely review. Wishing you a wonderful day.
  1. Date: 8/6/2013 6:58:00 PM
    You have brilliantly created a scene of pain and suffering. Sadly, there have been so many abused and deprived people in this world. You have a very noble heart to write like this. Thank-you, sir!

    Mohammed Avatar Mustapha Mohammed
    Date: 8/30/2013 6:04:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Duke for your wonderful review.
  1. Date: 8/5/2013 9:55:00 PM
    Stunning imagery in this hauntingly sad write, Mustapha...Excellent piece! Annalise

    Mohammed Avatar Mustapha Mohammed
    Date: 8/30/2013 5:57:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you for your lovely review Annalise. So nice of you to stop by.
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