When the Good Lord Willed the Creek to Rise

When the Good Lord Willed the Creek to Rise

June 10, 2020

CHARNELL PETERS
When the Good Lord Willed the Creek to Rise

he sent a white man angel / to tell a white man / to save man / and all the white men /
worked on a boat / and the white women / joined them two by two / and they fished /
the dark people out from the water / and fastened them in / so they wouldn’t fall out /
and took them back and said / Lord it is finished / and the Good Lord / willed the creek
to die down / and the black men and women / were happy to be saved / so they worked
the land / to pretty, deep songs / and lived in their own small wooden boats / all the
black men and women say / their children / fall out the boats and drown / and it makes
them sing deep, long songs / but the white men say / the Good Lord said / no creek
shall rise again / no one can be drowning / just look at the rainbow / in the oil by your
feet

Photo by John Rourke on Unsplash  

Charnell Peters's poem appears in Issue 42: Forming One Another



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