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"Words Of Captive Slaves: We are Somebody"

Updated on February 4, 2015

"Words Of captive Slaves: We are Somebody"

a poem written about slavery and the misery and pain of the captives.
a poem written about slavery and the misery and pain of the captives.
You may have captured our bodies but our minds are free, just the way God wanted to be.
You may have captured our bodies but our minds are free, just the way God wanted to be.

"Words Of captive Slaves: We are Somebody''

We didn't ask to be brought to a land of hypocrisy, slavery and fear.

Yet. the insane act of our captors are still unclear.

But, I know that we are somebody

The sun's rays has bronzed our skin so nicely dark and tan.

You're pale and to get our skin color, you must roast in the sand.

I have nothing on this earth to fear, because we're somebody

And God is always there.

All I know is, we are somebody

When we both get cut or bruised on our hand or head

Both our blood still runs bright red.

When we was hungry for food, you made us eat with the animals

And sometimes we didn't get no food at all.

But Our dignity and integrity made us stands tall.

Whether we stand or whether we fall.

I know that we are somebody

You took advantage of our black women and made them bear your children against their will

And the thought of them birthing black and white picka - ninnies gave them chills.

We are somebody

Even though I might not be with my family, that I love so dear, it's clear

That they freed me from my constant fear.

We are somebody

Like animals you sold us, this terrible act we want forget

Even though you belittle us every chance that you get.

You will never break our spirit of true grit

But, we are somebody.

Sometimes, we may not feel like even living our life

But all you did for us was give us the extra will to fight.

Although, we're in chains, our minds are free to know, we are somebody.

Even though, you took me from my mother land, Africa

Where I was content to live

You took me as a slave against my will.

You brought me to America balled and chained

You brought me to a country of hard work, misery and pain.

But it still remains the same, we are somebody

You made us bow down and work your fields

And if we resisted, you were ready for the kill.

Even bound and lock down with chains, I know freedom is still our aim.

Because we are somebody.

When the good Lord and master gave us a heart that beat and lungs to breathe and a mind to think.

And never the word that we can't

Let's me know without a doubt that we are somebody.


Benny Faye Douglass (C) Copyright 2011


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    • creativeone59 profile imageAUTHOR

      benny Faye Douglass 

      5 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you so much for your visit and comment Eddy, I appreciate you. I hope to get back with you all soon but I'm doing a writing course, that takes up a lot of time. Love, Faye

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      benny Faye Douglass 

      6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you Hello, for your visit and comment, I tried to write the pain into my poem. Godspeed. creativeone59

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      Hello, hello, 

      6 years ago from London, UK

      Wow, that was something and it says it all. Perfect work. Thank you for the pleasure of reading it.

    • creativeone59 profile imageAUTHOR

      benny Faye Douglass 

      6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you so much Roger, for your visit and appreciate d comment. Godspeed. creativeone59

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      Roger Baillargeon 

      6 years ago from Quebec, Canada

      Hi Creativeone59...

      I think your hub (Words Of a Captive Slave: I am Somebody ) can be helpful to the community and it is my pleasure to post the link on my Hubpage.

      Regards, Roger B.

    • creativeone59 profile imageAUTHOR

      benny Faye Douglass 

      6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you pmccray, for your visit and comment and I did think about the poem before I published it, it was written some years back, not that it was racist or anything. I just try to feel what our people back then felt about slavery and their women being taken advantage of. I wrote it because it was a part of me and I wanted to share it. Godspeed. creativeone59

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      pmccray 

      6 years ago from Utah

      I love this poetic statement. I see no resentment in these stanza's only words of truth and sometimes it's hard to take for some. A true writer must sometimes break the mold that others wish we'd stay. Beautifully written poem, thank you for sharing. Voted up, marked useful, beautiful and interesting.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Good, I'm glad. Thank you..

    • creativeone59 profile imageAUTHOR

      benny Faye Douglass 

      6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you Ruby for your visit and comment and no, I hold no resentment toward my fellow man black or white. it was a poem that I though I could feel about what the black man and women felt in the slavery days. God bless you. creativeone59

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Benny Faye, This is powerful. I hope you hold no resentment toward us. I think what was done to the black race was despicable and it shames me that it was the good church going people who thought it was ok. Thank you for sharing..

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