Slaves going to the coffee harvest with oxcar - triptych

Listening to NPR this morning and learned about photo exhibit of Slavery in Brazil. 
Went to the NPR website to see/learn more.
Saw a photo and started writing.

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Light Skin but still a slave

no straight hair could save

me and my daughter today

from the perils of the trade.

 

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Too small yet to walk

hold you in my arms to talk

to you about the faults

of a time when we all could be bought.

 

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This little piggy went to the harvest. 

This little piggy wanted to stay home. 

This little piggy wanted a piece of bread. 

This little piggy got none. 

This little piggy found a way to make it through another day.

Until it was time to go back home. 

 

TO BE CONTINUED... 

A detail from a photo of slaves going to the coffee harvest with oxcar. Vale do Paraiba, Sao Paulo, 1885.

A detail from a photo of slaves going to the coffee harvest with oxcar. Vale do Paraiba, Sao Paulo, 1885.

Posted on November 12, 2013 and filed under history, education.