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My name is Nat Turner

January 16, 2008
By Alicia Alves, Thunder Bay, ZZ

My name is Nat Turner
My skin is black as the night that devours me
I know I should not be out here at this hour
I know this cold pistol does not belong in my hand
I know that this is all wrong
What's wrong?
Thinking you can own a man?
Torture some one simply for their race?
Or taking revenge for such abuses?
The anger returns with a vengence, scorches the doubt from my mind
A sound
A river flowing
An image
A deer running
Running free
Something I shall never do
I close my eyes
The eclipse
My task, I must remember that
The pistol, cold and hard in my hand
I can feel many others behind me,
Many others as dark as I
Coiled and ready to strike
An image
A cobra
Deadly and dangerous
Like us
I nod
They know what to do
The Revolution
It has begun
The house
It looms over me, daring me to finish what I have started
I find him in his room
My Master
The floorboards, they creak
He spies the pistol in my hand
A whip?
I recoil
His throat, it is in my fist
He can't breathe
My body screams at me to slow down
Flailing limbs
A loud noise
The pistol
I have him
We won
The Revolution
It's over
He's rigid and pale
My Master
My Captor
In a crimson pool of hate
My name is Nat Turner
I was a slave
But now I hang high for my deeds
Hang high for the Revolution
That word hovers around me
Like a vulture over a dead body
The ones in the sky, waiting for me to drop
My name is Nat Turner
I was a slave
But soon I will finally be free

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This article has 7 comments.

Camsey said...
on Sep. 1 2008 at 6:06 am
I love your work Alicia. Your imagery and creativity is amazing.

brysiu said...
on Aug. 26 2008 at 2:32 pm
Great Job!!!! Beautiful!!! Keep writing!

Lithium said...
on Aug. 20 2008 at 3:49 am
Amazing use of imagery, the emotion in the writing jumps off the page and grabs hold of the reader. I look forward to future work from you, such a brilliant mind.

Lolita said...
on Aug. 17 2008 at 4:59 pm
Fantastic use of imagery...can feel the anger, emotion

WISHWELL said...
on Aug. 13 2008 at 7:23 pm

on Aug. 10 2008 at 6:38 pm
this poem is great. awesome job!

on Aug. 9 2008 at 7:56 pm
I really enjoy your use of imagery and you have a unique style but, it's pleasant to the reader.