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Black Soul Ocean Blues

Updated on March 25, 2016

Man cannot live by bread alone
Yet souls were sold for food
Transported to change the destiny of a nation
Remembered now by a saddened multitude

Shackled together
With the Devil as their bride
In his view they lived
In his laughter they died

The vortex of inhumanity
Sucked them to their grave
And as the ship pitched forward without remorse
There was no wake except an uncaring wave

There is no sound at the bottom of the ocean
The moon pulls the tide high with prejudice
The flowers wash ashore far away from hope
The barnacles feed at the tomb of injustice

Where hands are extended to one another
To touch stone that once was flesh
The holiest of the holies rise again
In memory of a voyage we pray was blessed

What suffering must a man endure
That he cannot rest behind a white picket fence?
Instead with no pride to live and die for
He wonders of God’s will acting at man’s expense

The knowing among us will never forget the past
We will plunge the depths to discover what was true
A monument at sea cannot forgive our trespasses
And shame will never wither away in the ocean blue


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      Mark Lecuona 5 years ago from Austin, Texas

      I'll tell you something even more amazing... the feeling I get when someone reacts this way to what I write. Thank you. I can't say anything more than that. You made me smile...

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      cruelkindness 5 years ago from an angle view. amazing is it when someones words can change the emotions of a persons state of mind just by the placement you have selected.

      What I'm trying to say is. Your poem is awesome and your words altered my emotions with out notice.

      Lets call it...

      "Hacked Emotions" yes, you hacked my emotions...

      Amazing poem! Love the picture as well, it couldn't have complimented it better .

      Cruelkindness (Subliminally Thoughtless)