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Which slave ship are you on? My contribution to the debate!

This poem was written a long, long time ago possibly over 25 years ago but I feel it can contribute to the recent debate on here about slavery.


I am invisible
I walk your grey drab streets
cloaked in invisibility
You look through me with White wide eyes
and do not feel my sorrow
As living ghost
I trod your carefully laid stone pavements
like your heart, it remains hardened
I make no impression, perceive no comprehension
I shout, I scream. I shake with rage
I sing, I dance. I run and jump
but enjoy no recognition
I observe your palaces,
your churches, your monuments,
your edifices of power; constructed with my pain
and cemented with my blood,
but you refuse acknowledgement.
In your family album my ancestors stand
the chains and whips
testify to their experience.
Torture, nooses, bulging eyes, silent screams,
echo down the centuries.
Open pleading hands, portray their reality.
But today, in your prisons
I see my inheritance
because I am clad in your crimes

Arnie Steele

Who, I wonder, sat by the rivers of Babylon and wept?