Emancipation

Hey! Hey! Hey y’all!!! It’s day four here. Can I just take a minute to give myself a pat on the back for being consistent so far? Can I?? I have today and tomorrow to write out my posts for next Monday to Thursday because… day job!!!

Doing this has also led me to rediscover a lot of artistes that I totally forgot about (shout out to Spotify). Maybe at the end of this, I’ll compile all the songs in a playlist. Maybe!!!

In case you missed what this is all about, I’m writing a post every day in February in honour of Black History Month. Make sure you check out all previous posts in this series.

  • Black History Month 2016 titled Rising above
  • Black History Month 2017 Day 1 titled Black History Month
  • Black History Month 2017 Day 2 titled Black Woman Tanka

    One day
    I was in my father’s back garden
    Playing in the dirt
    Waiting for mama

    Two seconds
    That was all it took
    To be blinded by hefty men
    Me…screaming and kicking

    Three hours
    We travelled
    With hoofs thumping
    Across deserted farmlands

    Four shillings
    All I was worth
    One trader richer
    One father pourer

    Five months
    Anxiety
    Sea sickness
    Death upon death

    Six days
    I toiled
    Day in, day out
    Fed like dogs… suffering in silence

    Seven whips
    My punishment
    For daring to speak up to the master
    For demanding basic human rights

    Eight nights
    Locked away
    No food, no water
    No sunlight

    Nine songs
    I composed
    Finding happiness amidst pain
    Peace in raging wars

    Ten years
    Freedom finally came
    Sound from shackles
    No longer meant bondage
    Tears now signified joy
    You and I – different, yet the same
    Now, we woke to sunlight still in bed
    Bearing our scars
    Without fear of losing our children
    Now, we walked around
    Mending our defiled bodies
    Echoing our victory over and over
    Emancipation

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. dornahainds says:

    Brava.. 🌹🌹🌹🌹

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Meiko says:

    So in love with this entire series. Keep them coming! 💛

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Amina says:

      Haha I hope I can make it to the end of the month *fingers crossed*

      Liked by 1 person

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