Close your eyes and listen closely,
As you stand in this space take in the moment.
Can you hear it?
The soft chains rattling in the distance,
The haunting melodies of your ancestors singing,
The footsteps shuffling through the sand towards the water.
This place is not for them.
This place will not be their prison.
Just as the lyrics to the song they sing,
The water brought them here, the water will take them away.
The time for spirits is high,
Open your eyes and watch the world come alive.
Do you see them?
Out in the distance,
Chains so loud you want to cover your ears,
Melodies sung with such passion your eyes water,
Footsteps closer to the water making you want to reach out to stop them.
Just as you take a step forward one turns to you.
She is beautiful and she is fearless.
In your head her voice speaks so clearly,
“This is our sacrifice, don’t let it be in vain.”
Side note: Thank you to the many ancestors that gave their lives at The Igbo Landing. Let’s not let their sacrifice be in vain. We must do better.