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twenty five years too late

twenty five years too late

the last five days
mama’s poems whispered in haitian creole

ou yo tounen yon benediksyon
you are a blessing

ki Bondye te kreye
God created

scrawl injustices on your canvass
painted from once dried wells of your palette
damped by the tears of hope
priced at a bargain for the affluent
purchased as possessions
then hung for display

no need for the needle to numb pain
place your palms in mine
pray in the language of your birthright
you can not sell your soul
once God has claimed it

Mwen renmen ou jan ou sont
i Love you as you are

Peace be still in your heart
while it still beats strong
twenty five years too late
within mine.

© michele mitchell, 2013
Poetry Prompt: http://www.blogher.com/nablopomo-november-2013-prompts?wrap=nablopomo-writing-prompts&snid=578362

Photo credit: http://www.pbs.org

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