Wednesday, September 21, 2011

In spirit of Troy Davis and all those who fight...

 Itoro Udofia is an artist and writer living in Amherst, MA. Currently, she is attending graduate school to study social justice and education. Her work focuses primarily on the African Diaspora, black womanhood, identity, solidarity, and love. She hopes to continue using art as a tool for social justice.

Praise Song
Family in the Niger Delta
Your removed daughter sings you praise
As battles must wage from where our feet land
The struggling Diaspora rests on our persistence
To sing the battle hymn from where we stand

The externalities of pollutants, disease and suffering
Remain unnamed on the capitalist’s death toll
As land is plundered, mined
You see oil mixing with water
Deeming it contaminated

Yes! The true logic illuminates
Leaking its dangerous flaws
Into everything it touches

they hide the externality behind steel bars
In heavy metal bracelets bound together 
To make black hands relive the slave catcher’s nostalgia
For the “good ole days” of the plantation and forced labor

Industry booms on the sweat of our skin
And we count the tolls
Note the numbers
Track the bodies
Of our lost
Our stolen
Our dead
Comparing what truly robs us of possibility
From where we are
We have marked our common enemy

Your daughter draws spirit from your will
To show us the example in your fight
Exposing the looters from their backside

We march on and fight
Whether waged from different terrains
We are on the same side

Copyright Itoro Udofia