My Lineage

April 19, 2011
By , Okemah, OK
My ancestors felt the sting
Of the whip upon their backs,
Yet my ancestors also wielded
That same whip.

My forefathers were forced
From the land of their fathers,
Yet my forefathers also forced them
From the land.

I am not my forefather’s triumphs.
I am not my ancestor’s mistakes.
I am me.

I am black.
I am white.
I am brown.
But most importantly,
I am now.

I am the girl
Who because of
And also in spite of
My ancestors
Can stand here
And not be judged
By the rainbow colors of my skin
But by the content of my character.

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EyesofBlueFire said...
Jul. 11, 2011 at 7:05 pm

That was beautiful. Keep writing!


bookbelle replied...
Sept. 30, 2011 at 9:01 am
Thanks for the encouragment!
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