Sunday Stanza: Poem Twenty Five- Take Me By Hannah Williams

Take me to the river
To wade by the water in the winter moonlight.
In the depths of the river reflects a woman who drowned trying to grasp freedom.
A man whose hopes of emancipation dangles around his neck.
At the river bank lies children whose bodies are rooted in the ground as if they’re flowers.

Take me to the path
The long golden road
Where scars are healed and derogatory terms are seized.
Rising with the sunrise
Seeing Dr King’s dreams for the nation living in me.

Take me to the classroom
Absorbing the Golden Rules
The new testaments of what to say
The commandments on how to say it.
The Grace on when to say it

Take me to the kitchen
Where the word blares loudly
And you said it proudly
Stabbed the woman, the man and the children by the river.
Stole the living dream in me
Moved me away from the equilibrium of my understanding.

So answer me this?
Who did you oppress more?
When you said the word
Was it me? Or Was It You?

2 thoughts

  1. You actually make it seem so easy together with your presentation however I find this matter to be really one thing that I feel I might never understand.
    It kind of feels too complex and very vast for me. I am taking a
    look forward for your subsequent put up, I’ll attempt
    to get the grasp of it!

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    1. First of all, thank you for your comment.
      The poem is about derogatory terms such as the ‘N’ word. It goes through the journey of a black person perceiving racism, then transits to the civil rights movement and then into the class room and finally into an incident in the kitchen when someone used the n word.
      It was my personal experience exploring how I felt about the use of the n word. The beauty of poetry is that you may choose to interpret it how you want and that is the real secret of understanding poetry. I hope this mini explanation aids your understanding of this poem. Once again, thank you for commenting.

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