Treasure Island

saadat tahir

(21011965 / Islamabad-Pakistan)

Burden of Bondage…… Aug,11— Aug,23 (days to ponder) **


August 23- International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition.

Weighty bell's departing peel.
Rip ocean's heart keenest keel.
Sonorous rings, fate's deal.

Sinless "Kunta's" fated flip.
To unknown land from captured tip.
From ship to whip and sewn lip.

Shove to "Door of No Return"
stick and kick to branding burn.
Griot's that for centuries learn.

Deadened dreams hath recede.
Hands and galleon pick up speed.
Captives deep in bowels bleed.

Those that proudly hearded rams.
Crouched in callous foetid crams.
Imperiously thrown slivered yams.

Fist of beans to coops thrown.
Endless sprouting hate is sown.
Taking wind the sails are blown.

Pouting lips to capture drops.
Blood or urine from rafter slops,
drip from frayed deckhand mops.

In chink and crevice, Goree crept,
dried up eyes that fathoms wept.
Day and dream that none had slept.

A ladle of ordure on lucky days.
Floating revulse of gutted crays,
downed with valour a century pays.

Hope pitched in endless tear?
Hapless servile's infernal fear?
Creeking boards did wryly cheer.

Helpless held and lacking pick.
Villian, vassal, in shackles sick.
In gale and squall but brawn stick.

Inhumed to waves civility dies.
Corpse of truth that rotting lies.
Distant shores ring wailing cries.

Ages toiled but set not free.
Or creed to scripture insular be?
Brazen hunger's bodacious glee.

Never shall angels descend to save!
Words and wisdom prophets gave!
Chained outcasts freedoms crave!

Memory spins no vital crime.
To point out hands sullied in slime.
Through Giddy ruthless arrogant time.

Times work, brutal immanity wrote.
Whilst corns plume and egos bloat.
In tranches stashed, yet fetid float.

original
Islamabad
(Aug 14,2009)

HOROR.dic
Kunta = "kunta kinte" main character…ROOTS-Alex Haley
Door of No Return = where slaves were loaded unto ships….still exists
House of Slaves (Gorée) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Goree = representing Dakar Senegal and Gambia as ports of slave trade
Griot = a West African poet, praise singer, and wandering musician, considered a repository of oral tradition.(Madinka tribe-here)

(Credit where due)
Alex Haley - Born,
August 11,1921 Roots: The Saga of an American Family,

http: //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yam
http: //www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/slaveship.htm
ht tp: //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_Haley
http: //www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-62724405.html

* *
By no meaans the only incidence of slave trade...age old phenomenon.
In all times and geographical areas. Goes on with insane abandon in many areas even today. This the most well documented and vivid.

chk......mike old field -to be free
http: //www.youtube.com/watch_popup? v=qd7vwA9kXEM#t=63

Submitted: Thursday, August 13, 2009
Edited: Thursday, August 30, 2012

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  • Valsa George (7/23/2014 11:42:00 AM)

    . The plight of the slaves captured in all its ferocity and horror in amazing rhyming poetry....... It is hard to believe that such indignity to human beings was meted out and still being continued

    Pouting lips to capture drops.
    Blood or urine from rafter slops,
    drip from frayed deckhand mops...... Can there be a more worse situation, ........ makes the hair stand on end!
    Absolutely wonderful! (Report) Reply

  • Nalini Chaturvedi (7/17/2014 11:18:00 AM)

    I wonder still how one human can do it to another. So very well worded. This again will be apart of my favourite poems list (Report) Reply

  • Vidi Writes (10/8/2009 12:54:00 PM)

    ROOTS - one of my favourite read and re-read.
    The plight of Kunta... and his daughter Kizzi
    Struggle for freedom... farther and farther
    The saga of generations captured...
    The victory over slavery... comes too late in chapter
    Joy of freedom, never touches the sky...

    Each line here, well narrates the burden of bondage... as in roots.
    Forever there are rules and laws...
    But.. Bondage... its here forever to stay...
    In one or the other way...
    Hefty in expression and diction.
    Great is this.... as always.... (Report) Reply

  • Naseer Ahmed Nasir (9/3/2009 1:14:00 PM)

    Absolutely great poem, Saadat. Would like you to read my poem ' The Door Of No Return ' on page 2, No.23.
    Regards

    Naseer (Report) Reply

  • Matt Mooney (8/20/2009 6:05:00 AM)

    Your style of narration is very effective and you do full justice to the subject matter.
    The situation for asylum seekers in many parts of the world is not much better today. It makes no sense to treat each other like that
    'Do unto others what you would that men would do to you'. If only that was put into practice! Well written and well constructed poem. (Report) Reply

  • Indira Renganathan (8/16/2009 12:03:00 AM)

    A serious matter sung to lull the mind as usual....I mean your style of writing...no doubt at all that there is a musical drum in your brain to keep up the rhythm of your poems...as for this slave trade...forgetting is difficult as slavery is prevailing at all levels even today...so I suppose we should be reminded of that 'slave trade' not to pursue with that turmoil to humanity anymore....thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

  • Ruth Walters (8/14/2009 1:20:00 PM)

    .......there are so many atrocities in the world, man's inhumanity to man and here you have said it in poetry....

    Ruthy (Report) Reply

  • Shashendra Amalshan (8/14/2009 1:03:00 PM)

    A major characteristic in your writing is that, you take a broad theme and express yourself in the most effective and poetic manner..
    I should say you are a perfectionist Saadat,
    Your use of language is very commendable.....

    you take the reader through a very thought provoking verbal journey..

    yes what Ejaz sir said is right.. I mean, slavery does exist even at modern times..
    A great write...

    cheers
    shan (Report) Reply

  • Ejaz Khan (8/14/2009 3:12:00 AM)

    Slavery has just changed its face and lingers even into modern times, millions of beings are enslaved each year, even nations stand enchained and are whipped by master nations. A write with flow, message and indicating awareness! (Report) Reply

  • Rehana Nazli (8/13/2009 11:40:00 PM)

    Never shall angels descend to save!
    Words and wisdom prophets gave!
    Chained outcasts freedoms crave!

    A very thoughtful recount of very well known story.. I liked the way you gave refernces at the end and have produced this poem during the remembrance time of Slave Trade. The above mentioned lines are the most simplest and influential....
    Thanks for sharing on Pakistan Independence Day!


    14th August,2009
    London (Report) Reply

  • Saadat Tahir (8/13/2009 11:25:00 PM)

    'Branded like beasts who feel no pain
    And all for Merrye Englande's gain
    But England's Changing-Rearranging
    Only we can clear our Name
    Growing! Knowing! Trade Winds are blowing!
    Things'll nevva be the same.'

    Excerpt from 'Slavepool' an old poem
    a poem recounting Liverpool's role in the slave trade. (Report) Reply

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