faithless

By Quraysh Ali Lansana b. 1964 Quraysh Ali Lansana

I would have freed thousands mo,
If dey had known dey were slaves.

Harriet

herd on da wind you come back fo me
didn’t think you come back fo me
didn’t think you come back at all
been so long my skin grew tired

dis life too hard to know all alone
caroline cover me jus fine
she a quilt ginst the cold in ma blood
she mend de torn spots in ma soul

aint got no mind ta leev dis place
go on moses   find yo promise lan
mines is here beside dis fire
wid folks we knows from when we’s born

Quraysh Ali Lansana, "hole" from They Shall Run: Harriet Tubman Poems, published by Third World Press. Copyright © 2004 by Quraysh Ali Lansana.  Reprinted by permission of the author.

Source: They Shall Run: Harriet Tubman Poems (Third World Press, 2004)

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Poet Quraysh Ali Lansana b. 1964

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Subjects Living, Sorrow & Grieving, Relationships, Home Life, Family & Ancestors

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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Quraysh Ali Lansana was born Ron Myles in Enid, Oklahoma. Lansana originally worked in broadcast journalism in Oklahoma, but after he lost his job and discovered the poetry of Gwendolyn Brooks, he moved to Chicago. There he became familiar with the local poetry scene, performing with the poetry groups Brothers in Verse and Wordsmyths. He converted to Islam in 1992 and changed his name; Quraysh is the name of an Islamic tribe, . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Sorrow & Grieving, Relationships, Home Life, Family & Ancestors

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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