With the Name of the Gracious and Compassionate
Creator of the Heavens and the Earth
sweet music
by Lester Allyson Knibbs
(formerly Hakeem Muhammad)
he is the one
dragged them on the boats

chained their faces in excrement
erased their names
with their own blood

they built his mansions
he repaid them
with permanent disfigurement

he is the one
raped my mother's grandmother
and lynched
the child that was born

he is the one
arrested my brother
and killed him in jail

i fall on my knees
and touch
the hem of his robe

oh master
you are my lord

i sing your praises
and you will love me
the little girl
barely more
than a baby

by her parents

she was taken away
and treated kindly

after three days she said
i've been good
can i go home

oh master
i've been good

i clutch the home
of your garment
you beat me some more

my sores run over
my wounds do not heal

surely this sweet music
will follow me
all the days of my life

i have fallen
and i will not wake up
November 12, 1997
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