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The Slave's Tale: Revenge

Exracted from Gerald Nforche's Epic, The Slave's Tale -Across the Atlantic, 1793- And as days tumbled away, we staggered Along, knock-kneed, dead beat and haggard. Our bodies singing to the tune of the whip Whizzing on morsels of flesh, so the flip. Fed like dogs, fed from pity, we kept alive Trudging along the valleys and the wild Birds singing down at us, our elegies:- Those birds who shared our land and memories. My kinsman, he shackled infront of me Turned and stared a second at me: Before whips fell on flesh, devouring Harvesting the very blood, that came dripping. I recalled those eyes staring at me, metal- Vacant save with shame. And I recalled, decal Ago, he was the warrior, Zoko he was! Be not ashamed brother! We’d had no lethal force. Muscular he was, tall and menacing Muscles gaping with fury, howling In contempt and shame, regret well spelled As each morsel of muscle throbbed in its cell. The winds sighed into our sweat tinged faces Sympathising with our souls and races Giving us their farewells and all vigour Via gulps of freshening air with all rigour. And shortly the winds come again, madder Battering the trees, scaffolding our line, harder Dazing mokala and his men who faltered Giving us the golden moment we desired. And everything detonated- What I saw in a wink of an eye, astounded, Was the warrior getting at mokala’s neck And a snap came so suddenly: sweet peck. The thing that flabbergasted me gaunt Was that his hands were strapped in front But still he had reached and cracked a neck And was now reaching for another’s leg. This had been so fast that comrades never saw Or head a muffled sound from fear’s core- And soon each slave was bent on the kill The wind sent, I presumed, had brought the skill. What had happened was that as the wild wind Scuffled with trees and man, mokala eased his whim And turned to the wind like set to trap it And we had snatched the luck and beat towards it. Seconds soon, six mokala, closest to the flock Rested inert like decal old rocks. I killed mokala with a strike to his genitals He clutching it to his doom near petals. Before I realised , we were screaming Battering at the nearest mokala, tearing, Reaching for sizable chunks of flesh. We were now monsters, fresh ones. Very fresh! Shots rang in the air, bullets whistled by But we, nonchalant grope with every cry And volleys of bullets whistled off the lane, Brothers dropping with gasps, shrieks and pain.

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Date: 6/20/2013 5:41:00 AM
Love the sequencing here. Great follow up!
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