For those whose families never healed
Broken by water, whips, laws and cultural norms
For those whose breasts unfed upon
Mixed tears with milk at the memories of their babies sold.
For those whose stripes were inflicted and celebrated
By good Christians in white sheets
For every boll gathered, every shoe cobbled or shined
Every masters’ child wet-nursed, every thread woven
By labor coerced by threat and pain.
For every back of the bus, dog and hose, guilt by skin color,