Black History—The Louisiana Rebellion of 1811

1811: Louisiana’s Heroic Slave Revolt By Leon A. Waters One of the most suppressed and hidden stories of African and African American history is the story of the 1811 Slave Revolt. The aim of the revolt was the establishment of an independent republic, a Black republic. Over 500 Africans, from 50 different nations with 50 … Continue reading Black History—The Louisiana Rebellion of 1811

The Bloom of Disquiet (Friday Night Poetry Corner #230)

Good evening everyone and welcome to a very special Friday Night Poetry Corner. We nearing the end of Juneteeth and to cap this off I am featuring this magnificent poem called “The Bloom of Disquiet” by the gifted Dionne Charlet. Please when you get a chance visit her page. You won’t be disappointed!

Spangling the Verse

Research on Juneteenth,
and I am born
to disquiet by lynchings
from my shelter of privilege,
to find history leveled
under voices once muted,
now megaphoned
from Minneapolis to Berlin.

I am disquieted
by a father’s breaths,
taken under knee
and divisible
by the wrong room
where Breonna was shot.

Disquiet reboots
the me that I was.

I have chosen to be

a speaker in tongues
for free verse
aloud with alarm
when lynchings
are deemed suicides.

No more.

I will resonate

with the pleading
of a father’s breaths,
taken under knee
and divisible
by the wrong room
where Breonna was shot.

No more.

I will resonate

with the thunder
that peals from white pages
when a jogger
is run down
and the sheriff knows.

No more.

I will resonate

from the still of the ground
fertile with silence.

I will bloom
to the struggle
and beauty of shouting,
“Black…

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