#BlaPoWriMo – Survival of the Fit

We brought much with us inside those ships
when we emigrated to this new world
of golden promise and opportunity.
Okra & chillies & black-eyed pea seeds
we stowed away in little hiding places –
along with knowledge – how to grow rice,
how to make bread from dried corn, how to deep
fry meats to tenderize them, make them last –  
physical things, to nourish, sustain us.
But our name, our faith, our spirituality
also survived the Middle Passage,
along with our mathematics, our psychology,
& our cosmology. It all survived.
Underestimate us. Fine. We will be.

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Author: Raymond Maxwell

https://raymmaxx.wordpress.com/ Librarian and archivist-in-training, retired foreign service officer and former naval officer.

3 thoughts on “#BlaPoWriMo – Survival of the Fit”

  1. The conventional wisdom is that Africans were transported via slave ships to the diaspora, where they somehow over the generations lost all memory of their native culture, language, religion. Well, I am telling this story a different way. In fact, transported Africans retained every essential thing they needed for survival in the New World, but in a very secret way, hidden from their captors. This sonnet begins to tell the story.

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