The New World

27 Aug


Chains passing by chains and ocean waves crashing on familiar rocks made for a haunting song of departure. Faces strange and tongues unknown made myth tangible and myth makers, fortune tellers. Why had we been invaded? Weapons had not been sharpened nor raised in offense. We had always welcomed newcomers and saw them on their way. Our land had been ours. Did we not realize error? Distant landscape and wide sky that had been witnessed from inception, are they now in recall? Had we angered the gods and interrupted natures flow?

Had monstrous vessels bobbing on our seas been sent for to devour our wrongdoing and make us whole again? Would we go back to our lands renewed and free of transgressions? That would not be our circumstance and we would never go back.

The people we had known, land we nurtured, the animals we had stalked, the trees and valleys, the mighty falls of water, even the moon and stars would be left behind. The spirit and love of a people would now be damned and waterlogged, with salty air mashing in with illness, sickness and lightless confusion and roughness of no more. We had been left behind and what was taken was now malleable and meaningless and would come to mark the end of this world. They had given birth to a breached, stillborn, bastard that would bring nothing but deep, deep destitution and alienation that would be etched in the stone tables of time. We had arrived to the new world.

10 Responses to “The New World”

  1. truthbetold August 28, 2012 at 10:21 AM #

    Dammit, this actually made me tear up.

    • hunglikejesus August 28, 2012 at 10:46 AM #

      Thank you Sista. I didn’t won’t that reaction, but if it’s honest than I’m happy with it.

  2. truthbetold August 28, 2012 at 10:22 AM #

    I heard this scholar say once, “The biggest mistake our ancestors made was welcoming the unbathed European to our lands.”

  3. Robyn August 31, 2012 at 3:22 AM #

    Can you explain lines 29-32, I just want to be sure we are on the same page? Other than that, it’s beautiful and true, do you ever wonder how life would have been if they would have left us alone? Stayed in their country? Left the Native Americans to themselves?

    • hunglikejesus August 31, 2012 at 2:29 PM #

      Actually I like to leave the interpretation up to the reader. Take from it what you will, I just try to point you in the general direction of my thoughts.

      As for the other question, well, I have thought about that for a lot of years and let me tell you, the world would look a lot different. First off, Black people would dominate because of the resource rich Afrikan Continent would have the rest of the world begging us for what they need. Of course the corruption wouldn’t be nearly as bad without euro influence. In short, it would be a Black planet for sho. Just think if we didn’t go through that whole soul killing slave trade, slave laws, slave tax, Jim Crow and the learning to hate yourself routine? I say again, this would be a Black planet. In fact, I’m working on a piece that will explore that idea further. If the white folk would have stayed in Europe? It would be even less of them now and they would be in worst shape than anybody in worst part of DRC. They are really a war loving people so they may have killed themselves off by now and would just be myth that we tell our children about.

      As for the natives of this land, well, again it would be a Black planet because we came here as well and would probably be much like Afrika is now. I just love to think about that kinda stuff and I could talk about it all day, but I’ll spare you for now. If can regain a bit a clarity and focus the piece should be done in a day or so.

  4. mary burrell September 4, 2012 at 9:57 PM #

    You know you always bring it. I was on sister truth be told’s blog with the soul music. You even on point with that. You have an old soul. I also like Lupe Fiasco’s joint. Keep it coming my brother.

    • hunglikejesus September 5, 2012 at 5:52 AM #

      Thank you so much and all I bring is pain and nastiness we endured in this our new world.

      Music is what a breath and my heartbeat keeps tempo with soul and yours. We are a Earth people and such we need to get our home back.

  5. honeytreebee March 16, 2013 at 9:25 AM #

    All we wish is to go home… We are not of this land and yet here we stand…

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