Thursday, June 21, 2012

Sweet Bearer of Burden’s Plate

Beneath the Spin * Eric L. Wattree

Sweet Bearer of Burden’s Plate

Sweet and innocent
Ebony woman,
Proud bearer of burden's plate,
How regally
You bare your burdensome load,
The essence of dignity
With classless mate.
Nine months
plus ten and six you bore
Your sentence from shiftless mate;
All alone, you’re left to grieve,
Your gift of love,
and your child’s cruel fate.
Tears of sorrow in the rain,
All alone
You absorb your pain;
Four years short of twenty-one,
Of God's sweet gift
You now have none.
One last task yet left to do
For your gift of love
Before you're through;
Look to God,
through lonely tears,
and thank him lovingly,
sixteen years.
Eric L. Wattree
Religious bigotry: It's not that I hate everyone who doesn't look, think, and act like me - it's just that God does.

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