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Β©2018 Barren Magazine. An Alt.Lit Introspective.

White Knives, Blue Tears, & Red Whips

by Shirley Jones-Luke

The whips fed on the blood of my forefather’s backs. Soaked it up like needed sustenance,
leaving the drops for the soil

We cried into the sea, bodies floating there like black buoys bobbing atop the waves, the ships
they leapt from sailing on

The moon revealed escape attempts. Brown bodies shining like dark stars in the light. Hounds at
their heels

Our people fought in wars & were used as shields for white bodies, sacrificing themselves in the
hopes of helping their families back home

We have a history of sacrifice & of forgiving. It may gain us a special place in Heaven but for
now, we suffer a Hell on Earth

Header photograph Β© Jason D. Ramsey.

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