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Gerald Kithinji


Slavery in Mauritania


Mauritania O Mauritania
I work for the emir in Mauritania
My father worked for the emir in Mauritania
My grandfather worked for the emir in Mauritania
My great grandfather worked for the emir in Mauritania
My great great grandfather worked for the emir in Mauritania
But I don’t want to work for the emir in Mauritania
My father did not want to work for him either
My grandfather was loath to work for him
My great grandfather was forced too
My great great grandfather had to
They were all forced to labor
For the Emir of Mauritania
Mauritania, Mauritania
Why slave away
In Mauritania
Oh why?
Why?
Tell me poets of Mauritania
Tell me poets of Africa
Tell me poets of the world
Tell me why the children
Of Mauritania have to
Live their lives
In a time warp
Dressed as
A cast
Sys
Te
M
?

Submitted: Saturday, August 17, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
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