February 26, 2013

O Great Ancestor



O great ancestor
who fought
for me
jumped
into the sea
to make a point
for me

O great ancestor
who stole away
for me
through swamps
and bad weather
enduring
tragedy
for me

O great ancestor
who lived
to love
me so
that horror
is all
you ever came
to know

O great ancestor
who realized rape
for me
endured
a test of fate
that I
might be



O great ancestor
who lost limbs and life
for me
lived plantation ills
for the future
of me

O great ancestor
who was hung and strung
from trees
in fear,
pain,
and agony
praying
to be
set free

O great ancestor
who was maimed
and killed
inhumanely held
against your will
who toiled
tired
in the field

O great ancestor
for your
sacrifice
 this opportunity
this freedom
I owe you
my life


Copyrighted 2012 Latorial Faison | www.latorialfaison.com
from 28 Days of Poetry Celebrating Black History 3 by Faison (2012)