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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Era (02/03/11)

TITLE: Freedom Calls
By Patricia Protzman
02/10/11


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Face down he fell upon the field
With cotton in his hand;
Clad only in a homespun shirt
The slave, who is a man.

The overseer let out a shout
‘Carry him to his shack;
But don’t forget you’ve work to do
There’d better be no slack!’

As shadows neared, his thoughts returned
To a land beyond the sea;
Where lions roar young zebras romp
On plains where all are free.

Born to enjoy his land of birth
Without constraint or fear;
Allowed to choose a way of life
Far from the auctioneer.

No shackles bound to hands and feet
No whips to shred one’s back;
No dogs sent out to chase him down
No Massa to keep track.

Evening drums pound out a beat
Familiar to his ear;
‘Come home it’s time for you to eat
Your mother’s tasty deer.’

Awake, he hears his Massa say
‘Get up there’s nothing wrong;
I won’t abide you shirking work
You’ve been in bed too long.’

His wooly head begins to nod
O Lord please set me free;
I long to fly without restraints
Among the heavenlies.

Dim eyes behold an outstretched hand
God’s voice of freedom calls;
‘Come follow me I’ll give you rest
Beyond these earthly walls.’

He rises from his deathbed
His spirit finds release;
Forever free his soul will live
With Christ, eternal peace.


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/10/11
This just rolls off the tongue and paints a picture of an ugly era in the states. I don'tthink I'll ever, ever, ever understand slavery. It's definitely an ugly mark on history. You captured all of this perfectly.
Noel Mitaxa 02/10/11
Powerful and evocative writing that releases depth from within its simplicity. I also struggle with the dehumanising aspects of slavery for the slave and the slaveowner alike. It called to my mind a 1997 Speilberg movie: "Amistad," with Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins and Matthew McConnaughey, which portrays the slaves with dignity and outlines the gospel in a remarkable way. The closing speech on freedom is well worth the wait.
Louise Willard02/11/11
Loved it! Very well done and very touching!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/17/11
Congratulations for placing 10th in level 3!