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Black Necks on the Hanging Tree

Updated on May 15, 2019
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I have been writing poetry, fiction and short stories for many years and have completed a book of poems. I also enjoy comedy writing.

African
African

Run black man run

The slave owners come chasing

Shots fired by guns

Dogs through bushes blazing


Run black boy run

You were not supposed to be seen with a book

Bruises to the head will make you stun

You have no right, your black means crook


See, now they caught you what’s it going to be

They have decided already papa

Your neck on the hanging tree

No, don’t cry now mama

That is the way wickedness be


Run black man run

The slave owners come chasing

Now they use the men in blue

To do their eliminating

Run black man run

Now it is the system that you fight

But you have to do it with brain, not with might

Run black man run

Get out and go back to the sun.

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    • clivewilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Williams 

      6 months ago from Jamaica

      Thank you Lora

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      Lora Hollings 

      6 months ago

      A very powerful poem, Clive. I really like the way that you restate the theme but now in terms of today. A poem that is still sadly true and shows that we still have not made the moral and intellectual progress that we should have by now. Lots of style and much meaning in this poem! Wonderful job.

    • clivewilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Williams 

      6 months ago from Jamaica

      Thank You. Flourish

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      FlourishAnyway 

      6 months ago from USA

      Absolutely fantastic. Clive, your creative genius is shining here.

    • clivewilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Williams 

      6 months ago from Jamaica

      Thanks for your compassion Lorna

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      Lorna Lamon 

      6 months ago

      You have painted a very vivid picture of how horrific it was to be a slave. I can feel the pain in your words - it actually makes me angry that it ever happened and caused so much suffering. Very moving.

    • clivewilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Williams 

      6 months ago from Jamaica

      kisses and hugs ruby.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh this is sad, but true. Slavery was here. We can't deny it!

      The slave owners cared nothing about human life

      Money ruled the day, even President Jackson owned slaves

      How could they not know it was wrong?

      Another deep one Clive. Well done.

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