Thu. May 6th, 2021

Ocean and Ashes

A poem by KELLY J [Kelz] NEWSON

Copyright 2020 by Kelly J. Newson

Photo by NOAA on Unsplash

Ocean and Ashes

From some shores it looks beautiful
From others it’s unsightly and stinks
Don’t dare drink, for we may be tasting the blood of our ancestors

Their ashes are scattered among that deep blue sea
You cannot see
But many years ago
They were taken from their homeland
Families separated
Names lost
Ancestry untraceable
History erased in many instances
Bodies thrown overboard

So the next time you’re on your yacht,
Swimming, surfing, or on a cruise
Remember the many bodies thrown overboard
And the helpless humans stolen for free labor
Treated less than human
With every human right refused
And now just a memory to those who want to remember
A dark thought in American history
A past we must not forget, nor repeat

So when you hear cries while out to sea
Or you’re just hanging out on the beach
Remember the lives lost at sea
Remember the lives cut short because they were deemed not good enough
By those claiming to be masters

You know the ones who broke up families
Scattering about a whole race in a country whose only freedom was for everyone but them
But now they aren’t lost at sea anymore
Now they are resting peacefully
And free from the chains of slavery

In that deep blue sea
For the ocean is a mass graveyard for my ancestors
For it’s their flesh,
Their bones,
Their blood that we feel,
Their ashes that float among each ocean
Must we never forget them
For their stories go untold
But they are not forgotten no matter what’s in the history books
For they live forever in the deep blue sea

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By Kelz

writer. poet. journalist. content creator.

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