History Repeats

Late to the party they  came
crashing the shorelines
razing beliefs
Mother Nature
harmony
all is one
one is all
poetry of the land and man.
Hands held out in friendship
slapped away
rebuked
‘nothing do you know
we are better
we are whiter
you are wrong
your gods are wrong
everything you have been taught
is wrong.’
Language stricken
bars of soap eaten
if heard the words of home
of comfort
ever spoken.
‘kneel now
before your better
acknowledge our god
as the only god
even as he condones the abuses
that you shall suffer
to earn his love.’
Braids removed
shorn like Samson
strength removed
through beatings
beratings
time and again
day
night
ever on
the tides never turned
no matter how many words…..
©June 27/21
Picture is my own

Forgiveness is Not ours To Give

Vast space
surround me;
above
crystalline blue
dotted white
clouds
soft
able to hold a baby
while an adult does plunge
straight through
right down to the other side.
Beneath
scorched earth
barren
scarred with brutal past
history taken
rewritten
in the face of only one.
I lay
ear pressed
listening
hearing
muted cries
reaching…..
for rest
reaching….
for justice
reaching…..
for home once more.
Tears
beneath cheek
green blooms
giggles heard
gentle caress…..
‘Finally we can rest.’
©June 14/21
Picture via Pinterest