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The Slave Ship
by Muhammad A. Al Mahdi

Monday, February 20, 2006
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Deep and sound

Sound and depth


In the ground


In the ghostly fog

Of slave ships sunk

Glows the submarine sun

Of identities


And bastardised beauty





Its name

And true descend


Caught in a suburban void

Like in a net

Baptized in foreign tongues

In the townships

Brought down to the lowest

It struggles

In the womb of slavish rebellion

To be born


Cruzified by the whip

In the Americas

Remoulded in the image

Of the conqueror

In Africa

And reborn as its caricature

Remade into shadowy sleeves

Of extinct memory

In Asia

And invaded to the blood

Kept in scientific ignorance

And deprived of all we are



Soul and mind burn




By the herb


Suffering in

The ancestral rhythm

Of wind and sea


Under the cross

Crying out

For Ogun, Oya and Shango

On bone-white Antillian beaches

And in the sluggishly fast-sharp Carribeans

Suppressed and sanguine

Irrepressible hatred

Covered up

In vitality


O zest for life

And love of zest

A master forger

Cursed and blessed

You forge blindness

For yur own quest

And from the nights

The bird of passion

Ascends like a drunk tight rope walker

Clinging alertly

With albescent madness

To the bones of ancestral pain

Deep on the grounds of the sea

And just one step underneath

Rests the gold of Ife and Sheba

And in the midst of the darkness

And the tomb-stone-like dumbness

This bird of the stars

Pearl-diving and wandering the sea

Driven by divinity

Pronounces he words: Aztlan

And: Mandingo

And: The Golden Age

Half-aware of their meaning

And deeper than himself

And from bones, sea weed

And reef corals

The universe swings up its sigh

And its fulfillment's load

Enriched by the rebirth of longing:

Es possible que yo,

Subdito de Yaaqub Al Mansur

Muera como tuvieron que morir

Las rosas

y Aristoteles?

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Reviewed by Aberjhani 3/4/2006
Whereas certain crimes of history remain unspeakable by specific tongues, the souls of poets are obligated to have their say. And thus we have in these lines a refutation of useless denial and a reclamation of bitter truth made sweet by the reclaiming.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 3/4/2006
A powerful message beautifully expressed, Mahdi. Thank you for sharing your gift. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by E T Waldron 2/20/2006
A work of art. I understand the message, you have many points on your side. But there are two sides to the story...Beautiful work!

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