Sojourner

SojournerTruth_1850_OliveGilbert

Portrait of Sojourner Truth. From: Olive Gilbert. Narrative of Sojourner Truth: A Northern slave, Emancipated from Bodily Servitude by the State of New York, in 1828. Boston: Printed for the author, 1850. Artist unknown [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

She

labored

one of many

enslaved humans.

“Ain’t I a woman?”

she asked later, challenging

stagnant thoughts about gender

as well as race, believing she

deserved the same rights as any man.

Infused with holy spirit, awakened,

she sojourned, orating and proclaiming.

She had been beaten and abused, but

she escaped, then helped others flee.

Change soars like a bird in flight,

falls like an autumn leaf.

Yet once a woman

stood tall, speaking

of justice,

telling

truth.

 

Today’s Google Doodle, by Philadelphia-based artist Loveis Wise, honors Sojourner Truth (1797-1883).

This is a double etheree for Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday, using synonyms for work and slow.

 

26 thoughts on “Sojourner

  1. I agree with Kerfe, a lovely tribute Merril, but wonder why women, and sometimes men, still need to stand today and speak of justice as if it still has not yet been fully considered as fundamental to our future.

    • Thank you, Damien, and you are so right. It is frustrating–no–horrible–that so many people still have to fight for justice. Hate crimes here and in other places in the world against people of color, Jews, LGBTQ people–and women always, too–it shouldn’t be tolerated, but instead people have to fight for basic rights. OK. Stepping off soapbox now. 😉

  2. Fantastic Merril:

    “‘Ain’t I a woman?”
    she asked later, challenging
    stagnant thoughts about gender
    as well as race, believing she
    deserved the same rights as any man.”

    Beautifully done.

  3. Pingback: Colleen’s 2019 #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge Recap No. 121, “Work & Slow,” #SynonymsOnly – The Faery Whisperer

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