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Black Ancestors : Could All These Hurricanes Be The Breath of Our Ancestors?

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  1. 7thPoet

    7thPoet Member MEMBER

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    Can all these hurricanes be divine payback for the atrocities heaped upon us during and after the middle passage?

    In honor of my Ancestors I would like to submit that we shall prevail in spite of all the injustice we've suffered in this society.

    Consider that of all of mother nature's weather phenomenon, the hurricane is the single most devasting bar none. Earthquakes, avalanches, suname', tidal waves, nothing compares. In fact tornadoes spin off of hurricanes. 97 of which spun off of hurricane Frances and 114 spun off of Ivan.

    Hurricanes are so powerfulf that they are considered the most dominant unrestricted weather force in the history of the world. There have been storms that have reached sustained winds of over 200 miles per hour, lasting more than 7 consecutive days, packing more power than all of the worlds nuclear arsenals combined.

    I would also submit that hurricanes don't come off the Pacific, the Arctic nor the Indian Oceans. Hurricanes only come off the Atlantic Ocean. They get started around the northwestern or southwestern shore of Afrika and take virtually the same route as the slave trade.

    When you consider the devastation and you look for cause, just think about the unjust manner in which America took over Grenada, overthrew their government and inserted their own. Now Grenada has been leveled, even the jail toppled over and the prisoners set free. And Florida. Think of what America did to the Seminoles and all the other tribes and also how they stole the 2000 election. With all these reasons and more in mind I'm asking could these Hurricanes be the "Breath of My Ancestors"

    Before replying please consider the following:

    “Breath of My Ancestors”
    (The Hurricane)
    There’s this truth must be told
    its force can’t be contained
    About the history and the mystery
    in the rage of hurricanes
    For you must know the reasons
    why the gale force winds do blow
    And disburse their vicious vengeance
    on southeastern States below
    See the bodies of my people
    through the Middle Passage came
    As cargo in slave ships
    so a beast could lay quitclaim
    And their limbs were battered and broken
    by a heathen with no shame
    Who stole us from our homes
    then promptly changed our names
    Now the laws of cause and effect
    so appropriately germane
    Come collecting unpaid taxes
    in the form of hurricanes
    You thought our spirits were beaten
    you thought our spirits were tamed
    But instead of us defeatin’
    God’s temper you inflamed
    Now retribution comes to visit
    on the winds of hurricanes
    Storm clouds gather over Africa
    full of slavery’s suffering and pain
    They marshal their momentum
    full of vengeful hard black rain
    Dead-set upon America
    as if possessed, insane
    Since all those cries for mercy
    fell on deaf ears in vain
    You must feel the wrath
    and the fury of hurricanes
    For the girls you stole from Senegal
    and the boys from the Ivory Coast
    The spirit of their ancestors
    haunt Carolinians most
    Cause of all the slave-ship harbors
    in the many ports of call
    Yours were the most insidious
    the evilest of them all
    And for all you island dwellers
    to whom this verse pertains
    Your shores made shelter for sellers
    of human beings in chains
    Thus the Breath of My Ancestors
    forge a spiritual weather vane
    That plots a course of sorrow
    via the gale of hurricanes
    In cargo holes
    you laid 80 million souls
    Like spoons in kitchen cabinets
    But now the winds blow down
    your trailer towns
    Leaving tents to pitch and maggots.
    And the law of just requital
    extracting its just do
    Says you must pay
    for the games you play
    Virginia and Florida too
    So, if the next gale wind you hear
    evokes real fear
    And the terror seems inhumane
    It’s just the Breath of My Ancestors
    in the spirit of the hurricane.

    Copyright Ty Gray-EL September 2000
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    MANASIAC Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    7th Poet being a Florida resident and reciever of these hurricanes, I must disagree, I think these hurricanes are just storm systems that developed in the atlantic ocean and hit Florida. I do not think there is nothing supernatural about them. We get hurricanes nearly every year here, and this year just happened to be a particuarly active season.

    I truly understand your point, but I just have to firmly disagree.

    JMO (Copyright Toylin)
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    Actually brother Manasaic:

    7thPoet's statement is more on point than you realize! Not saying that it is true; however, it is a long standing myth among Africans than Hurricanes are a curse for slavery! They do generate off the African coast and sweep through much of the Middle Passage (the Caribbean, and the Southern US). It is something to think about. Of course if it was truly a curse, it would continue to travel North & swing East once it hit the shores of Europe (then there would be no doubt)!
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    This is very interesting and it do make you think on the course they take...
    thanks for sharing.....

    Peace
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    I never that hurricanes take that course :jawdrop: Interesting post, indeed.
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    I understand the African Myths about hurricanes being curses and etc. I just do not believe in any of that stuff, thats all.
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    When I heard about all the hurricanes, I thought about your piece Brother 7thPoet. An when NY get a real taste of the affects of a hurricane I won't be afraid. Even if my life is lost in the process. We are in the last days and nothing surprizes me any more as for as nature is concern.

    This is nothing compared to whats instored to come.
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    I have to say it really is worth listening to because the path these Hurricanes
    taking and which many are started from is a sign and like Pan said what's yet
    to come beware of what many feel is a myth just maybe a reality something
    to follow now as i watch them closer .
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    I can't say that I believe this to be true but it certainly makes you stop and think twice about the possibility. I certainly do understand why African people would think this way though. Regardless of whether it's true or not, I really enjoyed reading the poem. Very talented artist.

    Queenie :spinstar:
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    I must say that I respect your position here. I'm a very practical person myself. I don't believe in myths and mumbo jumbo. Which makes me have to explain how peculiar this is for me.

    I had never thought of the possibility of anything like this before. As a writer I always try to be as pragmatic as possible because I want to be perceived as credible. I've written literally hundreds of poems, essays and two books to date. I have always had to craft, shape, mold and sculpt my poetry. It usually takes me days, sometimes weeks or months to complete a poem. But this "Breath of My Ancestors" was different.

    A brother sent me an email with the suggestion that these hurricanes might be more than just weather phenomenon. It peaked my interest to the point where I researched and verified the specifics. After I found that all these things were true. I was absolutely flabbergasted! I could not get the idea out of my mind.

    The next morning I woke up at 5:AM and the poem came out of me word for word as if I was possessed. I have not changed a syllable.

    It was the weirdest experience that I can ever recall. I guess the whole point I want to impress upon you here is that of all the poems I've ever written, this is the only one that was "channeled." Yes, I said channeled cause that's the only explanation I have. I did not consciously write this piece. It just came through me.

    Again, I'm not a nut...but that is just how it happened.