john tiong chunghoo

(Jan 21,1960 / NEW YORK)

On being Brought from Africa to America


the sea and the sky help express
a cherished freedom
the courageous eagles
span their wings to measure
smitting us with their breathless flights

the sea and sky reflect to us the
freedom that holds the dreams of
us all, black or white, yellow or brown
of love, things wordly or spiritual

the whiteness of clouds
is hailed by the bright yellow
glare of sun that distils and brings
forth rain to replenish our land

the black of nights
is hailed by glitters of
stars that inspire dreams
for all of us to strive for a better world

a freedom spreads clear as night and day
distinct as black or white
the sky holds it up and
the sea roars in approval
all the way from africa to america

inspired by
Phillis Wheatley 's
On being Brought from Africa to America
'Twas mercy brought me from my Pagan land,
Taught my benighted soul to understand
That there's a God, that there's a Saviour too:
Once I redemption neither sought nor knew.
Some view our sable race with scornful eye,
'Their colour is a diabolic die.'
Remember, Christians, Negro's, black as Cain,
May be refin'd, and join th' angelic train.

Submitted: Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Edited: Tuesday, January 22, 2008

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