Treasure Island

devon da poet

(April 27,1992 / Sauteurs, Grenada)

Black, White and No Grey


White plus black suppose to be grey
but i never saw you anyway!
Dark ship; white foes, no grey!
You bought me from the black troops, White sword and white suits, no grey!
Big white sails, black and chained in jail, no grey!
Been in the ocean for so long, i forgot where i came from.
Darkest nights ever: white all over.
Why did you lead me astray? black and white, no grey!
Ships docked, calm air: a whisper as loud as a fallen hair,
New land of despair; gazed outside with fear.
Niger! white prey, no grey!
They wiped out all who were here, and fought for an unequal share,
Black souls and white spear, no grey!
Still locked in chains, been given names,
lined up in shame.
Teared off my shirt from out of my chest,
the intent: to test my black strength,
White scent, no grey!
Never toiled this hard; anguish i had.
More whip than sleep: more weep than eat.
No escape; guns and canine teeth,
Still we fought; black and white, no grey!
I lost my wife to save my life.
'Through pain and strive we will survive! '
Black indigenous culture: white Christ,
You read from a white book but thought me black lies.
Alas, i could no longer stay: no grey.

Submitted: Sunday, November 25, 2012
Edited: Monday, November 26, 2012

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