In Remembrance of Our Gullah/Geechee Ancestors That Made the Passage by Queen Quet
by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com)
©2013 All Rights Reserved.
On March 25th I stood on the shores of Bennett’s Point surrounded by family.
We stood shoulder to should looking over at the next island thinking of what our ancestors could see.
We looked into the water and saw the sweetgrass growing and the baskets that they could be.
I looked at the shoreline of the other island and saw my ancestors looking back at me.
It was as if Sankofa did abound.
In the midst of the energy, I could hear the drum sound.
There was power in the wind blowing all around.
They said, “Keep STANDING! Hunnuh ain gwine down!”
Proudly we looked out and the brother said imagine our folks standing there in acres of Carolina Gold.
We all said not a word because this spoke to the soul.
I thought of how they were out laboring whether it was hot or cold.
No wonder our elders told us to always keep our heads up and when facing things be bold.
Their collective consciousness is of the ones that did fight.
The essence of their being was to live what was right.
They endured generations of their culture being hidden in plain sight.
Yet, now we stand raising our traditions to a new height.
So, on this day for the “International Remembrance of the Victims of the TransAtlantic Slave Trade,”
We give thanks for another day that God made
And how God orchestrated this plan and had it laid
So, that we would stand in this place to honor the Black Gold that was used and the price that was paid.
May the world never forget all that our ancestors went through.
May you spend each day in honor of those that came before you.
May you pay homage to the Gullah/Geechee in all that you do.
Tenki tenki fa de ancestas strengt an Gawd fa bringin up an we tru!
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I hope you do a poetry book one day, with images…. !!!
Peace Black Moses!
I was part of a process for such a book with an artists and it has yet to come out. One day, I may do it another way. The first published work that I did was a poetry book. There are more to come! I appreciate the encouragement!
Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation