Wednesday, March 2, 2011

February 28, 2011 - the slaves of Apollyon

Prompt: Tether (verb)

Source: WeBook's 911 Writer's Block Tool


That mister Apollyon
he no good
he take he slaves
down to the whippin' post
an' he tether them
he strap them
he stripe them
he mark them up good.

That mister Apollyon
an' he no good sons
they take they whips
on down they slave's backs
an' they tan them
they cut them
they slash them
they don' stop 'til they marked up good.

You best beware mister Apollyon
fo' if you no good
he take you fo' he slave
he take you down to the whippin' post
an' he tether you
he strap you
he stripe you
he mark you up good.

Notes: As you probably can guess, the grammar in this poem is intentional. I just finished reading The Color Purple by Alice Walker, my American History class just covered Frederick Douglas, my choir class is performing an arrangement of a spiritual, and this format just seemed fitting. Also, in case you didn't know, Apollyon is the Greek word for "destroyer" and it is also used in Revelation to refer to Satan.

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