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Blood Can Be Difficult To Remove
by Jackie M Joice

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Blood Can Be Difficult To Remove
(written after a visit to Elmina Slave Castle)

Dungeons built in 1482
scented with mold and mildew
lacking light
stained with
females crowded like
cows in an East L.A. slaughterhouse
sobbing on stone floors
sobbing in waste
Mother birth of earth
African woman cursed
raped occasionally
while he licks his teeth
and spits out
and does a disservice to civilization
Vultures and rodents
feed on carcasses that are
lucky to be deceased
Blood seeps from the canons
and the caves
and the cracks
and chains
and the hands
and the feet cause
blood can be difficult
to remove.

I visited Ghana, West Africa last October. It was a memorable and overwhelming experience. Ethiopia next year !

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Reviewed by Roger Ochs
Magnificent, well honed and strongly written.
(PS - But Kenya on your itinerary. I've lost my heart to that country.)
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
take me with you...i've always wanted to go to africa...this is an intense, heartbreaking write...(((HUGS))) and love, karla. :(
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