• Mwatabu S Okantah

Ghana

Updated: Aug 25, 2019

tour bus stopped at Assin Manso,

where kidnapped Africans,

after being force-marched

to the coast,

received

their "last bath" before being

chained in dungeons

at Cape Coast

at Elmina Castles:


barefoot,

we walked the same path

those ancestors were forced

to walk

to that same river

feeling ancestral vibrations in the air/

coming up through

sacred African

earth.


we

come

from Africans

who refused to be broken;

strongest of the strong Africans

who defied

death.


we return to remember

and to reclaim

memories

the act of surviving required

so many of us

to forget.


1619-2019


from GUERRILLA DREAD: Poetry for Hearts and Minds

©2019

http://africaworldpressbooks.com/guerrilla-dread-poetry-for-hearts-and-minds-by-mwatabu-okantah



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