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abolition

Keisha Thompson
Keisha Thompson

Keisha Thompson

By Mandisa Gordon
Keisha imagines a world where the enslavement of her ancestors did not take place.

My name is Keisha Thompson.

Keisha Thompson

Thompson? Thompson?
Who is Thompson?
Tom’s son?
I don’t know
But you’re no relation of mine
Yet I’m bounded by the ties
Bear the weight of his shame
In the identity given to me…

Your name.

Keisha Thompson

From you I trail my past,
My ancestral history
And like a spider’s web in the mist
I am in search of the me,
The me that would have been
HAD I NOT been uprooted
HAD YOU NOT taken that knowledge
HAD THERE NOT been slavery.

So I tread the thin line
My eyes wide open
And hands reaching out
But I cannot see
I try to squint my way through
Through the layers of torture,
Greed and envy
Barely grasping that delicate thread
That will lead me to my history…

Keisha Thompson

The one, that conveniently
No one speaks about
The one, where we sat
High upon our thrones
The one, where we followed
The natural law
The one, where we stood firm
And found peace upon our pedestals
The one, where we taught
The world about our ways
As WE were the Inventors,
Scientists and Emperors
WE, held the knowledge
And the wisdom WE shared
WE, were empowered
And WE, never feared.

Keisha Thompson

So as I discover my history
Beneath the earth, which they have buried
I find that thread of string
Has done a complete 360
As the place I’m now searching
Is actually, within
It’s HERE I find the answers
HERE is the root to that string

Yes the Lord does work
In the mysterious ways
My 23 pairs of xx chromosomes
That’s, the “missing” link
So, I ask myself,
I’ve just that one burning question,
If slavery never happened…

What would my name have been?

2007 Keisha Thompson, all rights reserved

FURTHER INFORMATION

Unchained Voices
Unchained Voices

If you would like more information on the 'Unchained Voices' project, contact Mandisa Gordon:

Email: Mandisa.gordon@bbc.co.uk

Mobile: 07866 684 506

Post: BBC WM, The Mailbox, Birmingham B1 1RF

last updated: 17/04/07
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