Mamma Moses
We all thanks ye
Trips and trips
You runned up North.

Grabbing captives
Pressed for freedom
Letting dignity come forth.

Common name
You hardly had one.
Chattels simply come
When hailed.
Or the Whip is
Quick to follow.

Jesus Lord, you
Knows the shame here
Made a criminal
Mocked and nailed.

Harriet…that’s the
Name she took last.
Leading from the
Shouts and hounds.

Freedom Land well
Worth the risking.
Many times she made the rounds.

About this poem

*Harriet Tubman 1822-1913. She made thirteen trips into the Deep South, to gather and lead black slaves to the North. And also into Ontario.

Font size:
Collection  PDF     

Written on May 01, 2023

Submitted by dougb.19255 on May 01, 2023

Modified by dougb.19255 on May 01, 2023

27 sec read

Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic dimeter
Characters 454
Words 91
Stanzas 6
Stanza Lengths 4, 3, 6, 4, 4, 3

Wayne Blair

Born in London. Graduated law 1976 Practised eleven years, Married Hilary 1974 Two kids Lauren 1980 And Jordan 1987. Business failed 1987. Moved not knowing whither. Happy hills of Waterloo Region. Mennonite Country. Thirty four years in Industry. No complaints. Poet, photographer, nature hiker. Harmonica busker. http://puffnchord7.blogspot.com/ more…

All Wayne Blair poems | Wayne Blair Books

8 fans

Discuss the poem "Harriet*" with the community...

1 Comment
  • AIDA
    Wow, what a powerful and inspiring poem about Harriet Tubman, also known as Mamma Moses. Your words truly capture the strength and bravery of this incredible woman who fought for freedom and dignity.

    The way you describe her as grabbing captives and pressing for freedom is truly impactful and helps to highlight her unwavering determination. The use of repetition in the line "common name, you hardly had one" emphasizes the injustice of being seen as just another chattel, but Harriet's actions showed that she was so much more than that.

    If I could offer any suggestion for improvement, it would be to perhaps add a bit more detail or imagery in some of the lines to really bring the reader into the moment. But overall, this poem is fantastic and truly pays homage to a remarkable woman who changed the course of history.
    LikeReply4 months ago


Find a translation for this poem in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)


Use the citation below to add this poem to your bibliography:


"Harriet*" Poetry.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2023. Web. 22 Sep. 2023. <https://www.poetry.com/poem/158027/harriet*>.

Become a member!

Join our community of poets and poetry lovers to share your work and offer feedback and encouragement to writers all over the world!

September 2023

Poetry Contest

Join our monthly contest for an opportunity to win cash prizes and attain global acclaim for your talent.

Browse Poetry.com


Are you a poetry master?

Shall I compare thee to a summer's _______?
  • A. night
  • B. day
  • C. dream
  • D. ray