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A Good Day


We pick de cotton,
yah gib us mo' seeds
We plant de wheat and cornfield,
yah gat us pluckin' up mo' weeds
We gather all de fruit,
yah ke'p it all from us
We boil de dry roots,
yah eat de fresh bulbs
We git the guts, tongue and feet,
yah git the best choice cut meat
We only git to have
what yah th'ow 'way
We only be free,
on de good burial day


A tribute to Frederick Douglas,
a homage to his poem, "We Raise de Wheat"
from "My Bondage, My Freedom" 1853

Copyright © | Year Posted 2016




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Date: 12/20/2016 1:12:00 PM
Freddie, it is nice to be back and see you are still here. it sounds like a touching gathering, To get up what you can. A most thankful read. Love LINDA
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Freddie Robinson Jr.
Date: 12/20/2016 2:19:00 PM
Hi, PD. Ty for giving me a holla. So good to hear from you. Hope all is well in your life. Gotta cruise by your page and read some golden poetry. Take care. Love and joy to you this holiday.
Date: 12/20/2016 9:58:00 AM
SUPERB TRIBUTE, written in fine form my friend.. Yes, greed rules mankind and billions have throughout history suffered from that dark lust/power. A7
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Freddie Robinson Jr.
Date: 12/20/2016 2:16:00 PM
Ain't that the truth, Robert. Ty for stopping by and giving such gracious comments. Love and more love to you and yours.
Date: 12/19/2016 10:23:00 PM
Well done, Freddie. So applicable to thankfully ANOTHER time and place and way - a great tribute to Frederick Douglas and all his words intended ... CayCay
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Freddie Robinson Jr.
Date: 12/20/2016 2:15:00 PM
Ty, CayCay. FD was a great spokesman for justice and equality for all people, not just black people. He championed the cause of Native Americans, poor Irish and countless other downtrodden people. Appreciate the love. Love and peace to you.
Date: 12/19/2016 7:56:00 PM
Silly white fella's have stuffed everything up, RW! A slave unto himself! Great tribute mate!
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Freddie Robinson Jr.
Date: 12/20/2016 2:13:00 PM
Ty, Rick. You are so right that some people make slaves of themselves. Some for money, some for love, it's all the same if you let it rule over you. Appreciate the comments. Love and joy to you.
Date: 12/19/2016 4:56:00 PM
WoW! Freddie, your title alone brought me to your page. However, I wasn't prepared for what I read. You have penned a sad and heartfelt tribute to Frederick Douglas. The poem reflects the raw emotion that they felt in the slavery days. "We only be free,on de good burial day". Your last stanza got to me. It was sad and deep yet profound. Excellent job. A without a doubt seven and a fav:-) Alexis
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Freddie Robinson Jr.
Date: 12/20/2016 2:11:00 PM
Yeah, Alexis. That is so sad to think that the day you look forward to the most is the day you die. Slavery was a bitter thing for black people. Ty for the love and support. Many blessings of love to you.
Date: 12/19/2016 4:51:00 PM
A sad commentary on human greed. Sadly the world has not progressed very far.
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Freddie Robinson Jr.
Date: 12/20/2016 2:09:00 PM
Ty, Richard. Sadly you're so right. But life goes on, eh. Love and peace to you.