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Same Old Boats

Bring your guns
Bring your boats
Boats filled with ghosts
Boats weighted with chains
Chains that will one day break
Chains that will carry
Carry us to Zion
Carry our pain
Pain born of separation 
Pain that preceded
Preceded our birth
Preceded our rising
Rising here within a new nation
Rising for we know
Know that Ja is merciful
Know that Abraham smiles
Smiles upon the righteous
Smiles though our tears
Tears that lift
Tears of joy
Joy born 
Joy gained in freedom
Freedom that we took
Freedom we reclaimed
Reclaimed by us a strong people
Reclaimed by transcendent men
Men of purpose
Men who are Ja's chosen people
People who know our purpose
People who cry
Cry for our babies
Cry for Mother
Mother Africa 
Mother of all children
Children who ripped from her
Children who grew pale
Pale as papyrus
Pale for they lack compassion 
Compassion died
Compassion exchanged for greed
Greed that intoxicated
Greed for flesh
Flesh of coco
Flesh subjegated to their wanting
Wanting more power
Wanting things to stay the same
Same for us men
Same promise to set free

For Marugu MO's "Race Relations Contest".

Copyright © Richard Lamoureux


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  1. Date: 5/5/2016 3:17:00 PM

    :) You always have a way of turning the difficult into easy. This type of poetry is so hard for me to manage, but you did manage and come up with a worth while topic to boot. I'm so impressed by your word finesse. Hugs
  1. Date: 5/5/2016 1:44:00 PM

    - Really wonderful, Richard - Luck in contest - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
  1. Date: 5/5/2016 3:53:00 AM

    An excellent write using a difficult form, Richard. Best wishes for the contest. T.J
  1. Date: 5/5/2016 2:52:00 AM

    Great blitz! I could see when writing this form, that one is tempted to write about just anything in order to keep the form rolling. You totally avoided that, and went for a clear-cut message. - Greetings, Tim.
  1. Date: 5/4/2016 10:13:00 PM

    Though this form I've only seen once, this write is powerful, informative and deeply felt to the heart! The more I read it, the more I feel it's impact!
  1. Date: 5/4/2016 12:17:00 PM

    Hello Rick, A Most Excellent commentary which is quite moving and exactly to the point. (I've never tried one of these blitz writes before. Looks interesting.) A "7" absolutely!! Cheers and Best, Gary
  1. Date: 5/4/2016 8:04:00 AM

    Powerful poem depicting colonization... You did the form very well...
  1. Date: 5/4/2016 7:42:00 AM

    The links in this Blitz were very nicely interwoven, Rick. I've yet to try this form, but I'm inspired by your write. Thanks.