A Poem by manchilld99

Amid the grand people, places, and occurences written into our history often are forgotten the humble souls within whose stories lie the true lessons of history's "Big Picture."



I done all de work …      


Plowed de mules

Chopped de cotton

Cleared de forest

Lined de track.


I war’nt no trouble

I said yas suh

and no ma’am

I was mos’ a durn good hand.


Given ol’ Marse nineteen  chi’ren …

all boys to work  de fields

‘ceptin’ one onliest daughter 

for de Big House kitchen  ‘n ol' Marse’s bed


An’ when I died

they buried me in de field

b’hind the quarters

under a cypress tree.


I met my grandson today

an’ knowed  then the fruits of ma work

was watchin' his lifeless feets

... dangling from above.



© 2016 manchilld99

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nice work

Posted 12 Years Ago

awesome enjoyed the is poem,,,, takes you back to the slave days

Posted 12 Years Ago

I like the unexpected ending. It gives it a surprising twist.

Posted 12 Years Ago

A chilling image.

Posted 13 Years Ago

Very well written. I wrote a longer review but the internet temporarily shut down and I lost it. But every else points out what I said. The accent and the ending make this a truely powerful poem. Very well done.

Posted 13 Years Ago


Posted 13 Years Ago

This is a bit sad, but the beginning was awsome. I loved the old english accent as well. Keep up the good work.

Posted 13 Years Ago

The ending gives a bit of a chill. All in all, the combination of the language and the story behind it makes this really good.

Posted 13 Years Ago

Extremely powerful. The ending really left me thinking and I have a feeling this will be one of the poems that I remember for a while to come. Brilliantly written, and thought provoking.

Posted 13 Years Ago

Oh, this was very powerful they way you written this, the language really made an impact. Sad, but written so effectively...great work...

Posted 13 Years Ago

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16 Reviews
Added on June 7, 2010
Last Updated on January 21, 2016
Tags: lynching, oppression, segregation, Reconstruction, racism



rochester, NY

I write poems and stories, and have broadcast a blues show on the radio since 1982. I am from Harlem, currently live in Rochester, NY, but have been around. more..

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A Poem by manchilld99