#BlaPoWriMo – Survival of the Fit

It always amazes me how much of Africa still lives in us, despite being generations removed. From our communal thinking, to staple dishes like beans and rice, to language, and religion. We didn’t lose anything. 🙂

#ThisIsMyPoetryBlog

We brought much with us inside those ships
when we emigrated to this new world
of golden promise and opportunity.
Okra & chillies & black-eyed pea seeds
we stowed away in little hiding places –
along with knowledge – how to grow rice,
how to make bread from dried corn, how to deep
fry meats to tenderize them, make them last –  
physical things, to nourish, sustain us.
But our name, our faith, our spirituality
also survived the Middle Passage,
along with our mathematics, our psychology,
& our cosmology. It all survived.
Underestimate us. Fine. We will be.

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