My Lineage

April 19, 2011
By Anonymous

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.

The author's comments:
I got the idea for the poem while browsing through my history book and thinking about my personal history. This is my first poem I'm putting out here, so I hope you enjoy it.

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on Sep. 30 2011 at 9:01 am
bookbelle SILVER, Okemah, Oklahoma
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Favorite Quote:
"I'm not a smart aleck, I'm just so smart everyone else seems to think so."

Thanks for the encouragment!

on Jul. 11 2011 at 7:05 pm
EyesofBlueFire GOLD, Belleville, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
"We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided." Dumbledore, Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling.

That was beautiful. Keep writing!



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