Supernatural Poetry posted August 6, 2021

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Supernatural Poem

Someone Must Pay

by AliMom

This is dedicated to those who were stolen and never reached their destination
Can dusky men in chains
Scarred and starved and brutalized
Ripped from warm and comforting home
Return to shore from the depths of the sea
Where, counted cargo they languished

Waiting for their appointed time
To break the chains that bound them
Too far from their homeland
Moving forward instead to a new world
Bound to exact revenge for their wives and daughters

Shrieking their pain and rage and frustration
At not being allowed to be men
Their tortured spirits rise
To inflict wickedness upon those who had imposed it upon them
Not knowing they are 400 years too late

Would they seek retribution for what they've lost
Seek out the ancestors who've erased the stain
Or dig up the graves of those who claim no guilt
Haul their rotted, wasted ashes and bones back to conscious recognition
Of the grief they have borne, the blood-curdling sadness, despair, and pain

FREE VERSE writing prompt entry
Writing Prompt
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1. LENGTH ~ minimum 15 lines / maximum 30 lines
***Write the Number of Lines in Author Notes***
2. No end rhyme pattern, but internal rhyming is acceptable
3. Author notes acceptable / 1 video may be in author notes
4. Dedication Line acceptable ~ doesn't count toward total line count
5. 1 color font / 1 picture with text of poem ~ no animated images or music
6. No warnings acceptable
7. At least 2 entries must be entered before voting booth opens

I remember reading once about the Zong Massacre where a slave ship headed for Jamaica threw over 132 slaves overboard chained together because it was cheaper to drown them for which they could collect insurance rather than bring them to shore. After the ship arrived they put in a claim for their losses. This was not an uncommon practice for slavers. As if enslaving them wasn't enough, they just pitched them over the side like unnecessary cargo. No one will pay for this atrocity but someone should remember. There are 20 lines.
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