Slavery and Freedom (NPM #8)

Slavery and Freedom

White skin, standing tall on a frame
of pride, attitude and bias.

Black and brown skin, head bent
but spine straight, eyes steady and pious.

One, a salve, the other a the master
holding up the status of the better race

words, harsh and with twist of tongue
insults thrown in the face.

Aches of ages gone by come to roost, until
the bell tolls and lets the bent heads

Look up, smile at Benevolence
and the heart murmurs, “free at last!” ©


About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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12 Responses to Slavery and Freedom (NPM #8)

  1. Wonderful poem! I look forward to a day here on Earth when bent heads can rise up.

  2. Freedom dearly obtained !
    A so meaningful poem, Zakiah!
    Love ❤

    • Zakiah says:

      Indeed. What progress humanity has made, one step at a time! How sad that there is still the remnants of the old anger and prejudice in some parts of this country and the world at large.

  3. Rupali says:

    Heartfelt poem Zakiahji.

  4. murisopsis says:

    Wonderful! Is this a Ghazal?? I too hope that individual worth will be judged on merit and not circumstances and privilege and all will experience freedom!

    • Zakiah says:

      I have been trying to write ghazal in English. I am surprised and extremely impressed that you know the term. But of course, you are such a master Val.

  5. Heavy topic. You remain quite the wordsmith

  6. michnavs says:

    As Val said its a Ghazal and i am really in awe…been struggling with this form..and you made it look effortless and easy taking on a very challenging theme.

  7. That’s beautiful … we’re still living the legacy of slavery. Now I have to read up on what a ghazal is. Your readers are so smart.

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