Head in hands, he stared out the dirty window.
Manacled feet clanked as he shifted for a better view
in the fading light of fields where
the dusky figures bowed by years of bad food,
‘sleep and deep unhappiness.
Boss man raised his anger filled voice
Slapping her down for slaving slowly.
Seth, be not my name,
but be chosen by Missus
when Mama gave me birth
and now I be going to die soon.
Dey be going make my Mama watch
and my children too.
All of dem will be there
to learn their law,
you cannot draw some blood on a white man
without them taking all yours.
It don’t count here that he was raping
Black, white and every shade
and who decided that
white was best?
When in fact
it was often the worst.
Who chose to enslave first
and treat another
losing themselves in evil’s persuasion
that difference is theirs to control
and use to destroy
divine gifts of diversity.
Do we think that God
does not notice or care?
God says clearly,
‘There is no difference
between us then,
now, and always’.
Galatians 3:28, Romans 3:22