Drops of Color
then she picked up her pace.
The sounds of bloodhounds in the distance
She quickened her strides
—they were after her.
There was no path—
briers covered her garments
branches slashed her ankles.
At night, mosquitoes would draw
In the evening,
the North star pointed the way.
By day, she covered the banks
along side the river.
She fell to her knees
when her captors drew near…
“Show me God”…”You brought me this far.”
She walked into the water…
She never swam a stroke in her life.
The waters rose
—to her knees
—to her hips
—to her shoulders.
and she crossed.
The visions she had—
Were they from the blows to her head
She ‘saw’ what was yet to come—
She was haunted by the memories of her
family being carried off, sold…
Why? Because of the color of their
making her way to freedom.
BUT, she was shackled within
knowing her people were enslaved.
Back she went…
When she was told she should NOT
because it was too dangerous,
she refused to listen.
She listened to the voice speaking to her…
Her God said, “Go, FREE my people.”
She fled ‘back’ into
a villainous landscape
where persons used/misused the Scriptures
to ‘possess’ lives.
Her God would not hold ‘kin’ to that~~~
THAT way would NOT lead ALL to the
Her God led all people, all things,
all seasons to lands flowing
with Milk & Honey.
Yet, history has a way of
We are all One…
MANY believe this true.
there are still systems at work
‘laying’ down the voice of
the gods they see themselves to be.
The same voices that passed
(Fugitive Slave Act, 1850)
the law allowing slave owners to return
and reclaim their run-away property.
Others ran beside her.
She went back for the sake of OTHERS…
For the freedom of others…
this was her ONLY reason…
her greatest gain.
she gathered her people like a
She led them into battle,
to fight for freedom.
Violence was NOT her nature—
The scars of slavery, like roots,
thread through her people’s skin.
She would NOT allow tomorrow’s
children and their children
to carry those stripes.
in which direction do we run
Spirit calling Harriet—
lead the way
Woman, daughter, sister of God.