Slavery inturrepted my history-A poem by a Gambian Author Amadou Jarouh Bah

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Title : slavery interrupted my history

Here I am in an empty class cell room with one door and two windows and a blackboard.
In front of me with a man I call “Teacher ”
Telling me he’s philosophy and mentality from that book”
Teaching me his understanding.
To get it to to my understanding.

In the school prison hours.
I also became the victim of the institutionalization”
They take me to a class cell room with chairs and desk, give me a pen and paper, a badge and class room number (Cell block A2 ).

In cell block A2 I become the victim of the institutionalization too”
for years and years, I learned and they try to teach me about advisor kadmostho , they try teach me about Christopher Colombo, but they did not teach me about  Marcus Garvey, the black star lion” they did not teach me about Kenyatta they did not teach me about Malcolm x
They want to control my mind with their institutionalization.
They want me to be victim of their class cells”
I am only interested if you can teach me of what was it you found in my land? before you interrupted my culture and teach me the origination from the begging not at the interruption, I already know what you interrupted and I feel it.
Don’t doubt it.

I don’t wanna be the victim of the class cell room.
They ask me about my freedom”
I tell them I am still there trying to escape.

They teach me about how slavery interrupted my history land and culture but they did not teach me my history and culture before slavery interrupted my history land and culture .

© Amadou Jarou Bah

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