Water and White Cotton

( after Langston Hughes )  

Blood is Life  
the good book says;
   but, water comprises the majority  
of our heart and lungs⁠—    
enables white bones  
  to hold up this black body⁠—  
  its silt reshaping  
  brief lessons in history  
I envision archaic journeys  
 for bartered captivity⁠—  
restless swells beat'n  
  ships against their breasts;  
demanding dead ancestors  
   for safe passage  
   across the Atlantic    
Water, everywhere—  
 churn'n dark as unborn blood;  
 and Negroes, bent back⁠—    
condemned to drown in an ocean  
  of white cotton; or, worse  
sway'n from a gnarled branch  
They'd still do that to us  
  in particular parts of the south—  
giv'n half a chance  
Author's Note
Non-entry entry for the Classic Corner Comp:
Inspiration: "Negro" -
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