Daily Post Prompt: Slavery Cannot be Rewritten


Red is where you lay your head
And red is where you rise
Evil deeds can’t be erased
And none believe your lies.

Sweat that drips upon dark face
And whip that cracks in air
Blood red – you stain the human race
In wounds you sought to bear.

No thought for one’s humanity
Ancestry deludes you well
With brute force – you stole their souls
And bade them all to hell.

Forced to live locked up in chains
And worthy of no name
Who sanctified your lofty goals?
Who robbed your hearts of shame?

Cruelly you tore across their backs
And masses you left dead
For all the horrors you have infused
The earth is bathed blood red.

You attempt to rewrite history
The truth you can betray
But agonizing wounds can’t heal
Blood red can’t wash away.

© Sumyanna 2015


Submitted for The Daily Post Prompt: lofty

Wonderful image courtesy of Pexels.


8 Comments Add yours

  1. this gave me goose skin Sum,really powerful and holds me by the collar…great amazing write,i feel you…love and hugs ❤ ❤


    1. Sumyanna says:

      Thank you so much Seema. So glad 🙂


  2. leigha66 says:

    Wow… this gave me chills.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sumyanna says:

      Thank you! At least, I hope that is a good thing 🙂


      1. leigha66 says:

        Very good thing…very good poem!

        Liked by 1 person

  3. Delyn Merce says:

    “Blood red can’t wash away”–so very true, and painful.


    1. Sumyanna says:

      Thank you. Our sad history.


      1. Delyn Merce says:

        Very sad history, yes.

        Liked by 1 person

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