Intruders of Africa, coming as explorers and missionary workers;
You came in during the night,
You were not conspicuous but masked —
Eclipse of our lives.
As a friend, you have announced yourself to us, poetic at heart.
Smiling at our children, drinking out of our wells, you were introduced to the greatest of cultures.
Unwelcome field of black waters —
Eating the fruits of our labor, you have learned of our ways. You’ve cursed our clouds, turning them into rocks since…
The next time we saw you (again)
There were ships by our seas and oceans; there were shackles at our feet.
We have our God-given glorious names, but you have renamed us “slaves.”
Haven’t you seen our palaces and wealthy domains.
We were given the forbidden name and forced to depart from our Garden of Eden.