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Tea Time

February 15, 2013
By Bug16 GOLD, Bedford, Texas
Bug16 GOLD, Bedford, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
If at first you do succeed, try not to look astonished.

Advice for life: Don't Die

Excuse me, but what was that you just said?
You said this whole estate and all in it –
My dress, my shoes, my dog, my cur’ns, my bed –
Is built on slavery? Why now admit
To me that I have lived for others’ graves
All my childhood? And that this tea
That I am drinking is the tears of slaves
Who’ve been whipped harshly, and repeatedly?
And that it is not sugar, but the blood
That runs down their backs, that sweetens my drink?
How dare you accept from the King knighthood,
When you have nothing noble done? To think
That you could put such a ma’ers as slaves so light,
As you have done before my own sight!

You don’t deserve t’be called a human be’ng
After what you’ve done to the people in
Jamaica. You have slaves who are fleeing
Because of you. You have committed sin.
I do not care if the walls of this place
Come tumbling down, if you free all the slaves.
I cannot bear to look upon your face
Until you are sent to your cold, hard grave.
So let the walls crumble, and fall, and crash
On top of you, for I won’t pull you out;
I’ll stand and watch as this house turns to ash.
My tea will then be of your blood, and your tears.
I’ll smile knowing that gone are the slaves’ fears.

The author's comments:
This piece was actually an assignment for my English seminar. The only guidelines were to pick a part of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's life and write a poem about it from her point of view. I chose to write about the time she is informed that all of her family's fortune comes from slavery in Jamaica.

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