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A Day On the Cotton Field
by Toris Okotie

Saturday, January 17, 2004

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Lash! A stroke landed on my sour back
I wanted to cry but my eyes were dried
The sun was looking right down at me
My master wiped and the sun drained

Miles of open field I walked each day
As the master ride along and continues to wipe
For when I scream, he smiled
And in enticement, he wiped even harder

By the number of strokes on our back
Ours years were counted
For in mine, lets just say
I was an old man

Freedom, we never knew
Since no one had introduced us to her
The Cotton was our lives
And the master was our god

A day in the field
Wasn’t just a day
But our way of life

Africa Speaks

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Reviewed by Kia Pooler (Reader) 3/21/2010
This Poem is very powerful and it really speaks to me
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 1/18/2004
powerful, heartbreaking write! so sad how we treated your ancestors, as a white person, i hang my head in shame. i am so sorry for what my ancestors have done! >tears < (((HUGS))) and much love, your tx. friend, karen lynn. :(
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 1/18/2004
Sad write. Powerful emotion.

Sandie Angel a.k.a. May Lu :o(
Reviewed by Sammie Ward 1/18/2004
This piece is very well written like so much of your work. The description very vivid as if you were actually there. Very powerful...
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 1/18/2004
Painful history, well written, and just at the time of Martin Luther Kings birthday.
Reviewed by Vicky Jeter 1/17/2004
There is no way to ask for forgiveness for such abominations.
If there is salvation to be found it will be in all of us coming
to realize that the condition of being human carries with it the
potential signature of becoming either the master or the slave; one only need take in the world-wide legacy of Slavery historically to see it can happen to anyone, anywhere. Brilliantly painted. Vicky
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 1/17/2004
Powerful write!
Reviewed by Crystal-Rain Love 1/17/2004
Gripping, powerful write. Well done.
Reviewed by J. Pajot 1/17/2004
It is a shame such things ever were...and even sadder that, while we have curbed them here, so many in other lands fair little better. We can only hope that someday soon such foul treatment of others will end for all people. This is very moving and thought provoking. All good things to you and yours.
Reviewed by George MacLean Akurunwa 1/17/2004
Thank God He brought an end to it. You painted a very gripping picture.
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