A Black Mans Fable is History's Main Course

Charles Jones 1974 (Pennsylvania)

Ollie, Ollie in come free!
Well not for me
I came in through slavery!
Wips and chains belabored me!
God please if you favored me save me!
I still woke up to slavery!
Master raping me! Someone else's shoes reshaped my feet!

My nave,   
A grave,  
I prayed to see!

My wife,
Humph, I watched the stabbed by Massa's flesh knife!
                 And served at my dinner table!
Forced to eat crow!       
Beat by Jim Crow!     

Lynched by Willie or any Silly Billy!
Blood red Piccadilly's
                    My final photo shoot!     
  Buried under the roots of the tree hanging Strange Fruit!
  On a Holiday Billy, really?
I boot licked and ate s***!
Just to hear the tick
Talk clock,   
Tell time to tell times where the wind chimes covered my cries!   
Or when I covered my eyes while my baby's thighs were not so dearly departed!

Oh what a knotted web you weaved!
 Collecting the bereaved

 Souls for your Wall Street bells to toll!  
 No soul in being sold!
Just realities cold shoulder!

All while my skin smolders from your Iron Will!
Still I Shield my young from Lashes in the field!
 Buffalo Bill killed a lot of blacks for real for real!

 And so did John Hancock!

And so did your John Hancock!

And some damn John's hand cocked and shot my n****!
 No  overseeer(officer)!

3/4 of a man you choose for me!
Through my cornrows you travel the road of bigotry!   
 KKK sprayed blood red cologne in and out the home!      
                 Above and Underground!
Smokey Bones found the market with Chief J Strongbone scalping the head of the table!     In the stable
WAS Crazy Horse!     
A little late with his horse of course!

A black man's Fable is history's main course!

 Gobble Gobble!

© Charles Darnell

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A look in pain, degradation, and cruelty towards a people that refuse to break...

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Written on August 25, 2022

Submitted by truth_f on December 10, 2022

Modified on May 02, 2023

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Stanzas 17
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