Slavery is wrong. It was wrong in the past. It is wrong in the present. It’s a wrong that will go into our future. That is until we stand together to vanquish this evil. I cannot stress enough that the slavery of the past is of less consequence than that of the present. Yet, still it has its consequences.
Memory Inspires the Future by Michael Romani On the butterfly isle of Guadaloupe Is the Darboussier sugar factory That lays as dormant as the slavery For which it is remembered in history Preserved as to function and as legacy It's social grievance of perversity It's memory serving to inspire the future As a little something better we night nurture The children of the damned sought their humanism In a checkered past toward fraternity and reconciliation Towards the rebirth of the French nation Although welcomed into French citizenry No cultural amnesia could erase the atrocity Enough was enough about the moving forward Without some sort of apology toward The two hundred years of bloody legacy That will remain forever a stain on history No sidestepping of the past evades history Where the past crimes are those against humanity Still, dwelling on all the past slights Will not make any freer the still of night It's hard to feel fraternal absent equality That or freedom from what's hard to forgive Birds perch on a concrete balcony While Guadaloupeans beg for their dignity The past and present has an ambiguous boundary Les Colons seek transcendence from slavery But until today's children know true equality There will never be even one French man who is free (c) March 30, 2019 Michael Romani All Rights Reserved