Black Poetry : And the women sang,the children laughed! (the Repost)

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  1. msluciousb

    msluciousb Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    *My salute to the ANCESTORS
    and all Black Stories


    In a time when joy was an unspeakable
    blessing,blessing,denied my people
    Women took their children and gathered
    in the woods ... Men enjoyed fishing and
    being , men where they stood.
    Women sang and children laughed
    gazing at the sunshine and unfenced
    in places and cool breezes threatened
    to blow the hems of pre-antebellum dresses,
    willow trees caresses, nappy headed lil
    messes.

    Strong songs, they called and responded
    clapped their hands and cried and shouted
    Children played at the edges of the same
    water that one day would serve as their
    baptismal , but no one knew that now.
    No preacher, no bible , no one could
    actually read.
    Still...
    Women sang and children laughed not
    dwelling on beatings future or beatings
    passed, no overseer, no shackles, no
    master, just folks with black shining
    faces breathing freedom like gasping
    for air no white folks were there.
    Long silences cause you could do anything
    you wanted to , and no one questioned you.
    And the men...protecting their women
    from 'gators and paddyrollers, felt like men,
    again!

    Dusty feet trample softly towards the
    compound/prisoncamp/plantation, the
    day is over...
    But still, the women sang and the
    children laughed
    Dr. Watts, wrote these songs or later
    he would gain the title Dr., No one
    knew of what , no one cared..."Guide
    me ova, great Jehovah, hold me with
    thy powerful hand..." "I am weak but
    thou are mighty guide me through
    this barren land..."
    And the women sang songs and the
    children laughed...they didn't know that
    this was their freedom song. Their gettin
    Promiseland/up north via the Underground
    railroad song...
    BJS (C)2002
     
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    $$RICH$$ Lyon King Admin. STAFF

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    free at last !
    sing poet let da ink sing !
     
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    Sista Steele Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    This pulled me in Ms. lb. I don't know what a paddyroller is though, can you help me out?
     
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    What a paddyroller is!

    A paddyroller was like a bounty hunter, who searched the roads and woods to recover runaway slaves. They were the worst of the worst often abusing and raping before returning the slaves to the plantations they escaped or simply moving on to the next plantation and selling them to someone else.
    Glad you all read and responded.
    Thanks!
    Blessings On Ya House!:D
     
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