The Ship Called Destiny
Author: Robert


A crew comprised of scoundrels
the worst that could be found,
their captain was no better
much blame to go around.

They traveled by the moonlite
to hide their hateful trade,
for down below within her hold
was a dreadful cavalcade.

For this ship is called a slaver,
they call her "Destiny."
She can carry seven hundred souls
The year is eighteen hundred sixty three.

She sailed from the West Indies
with her human cargo down below,
no thought to life was given
or the miseries they would know.

Shackled there together,
no hope of getting free,
not knowing where they're bound
on this ship called Destiny.

It is eighteen hundred sixty four
Destiny has run aground.
The captain and her crew are dead,
the ship's cargo can't be found.

The shackles had been broken
and the chains had let them free,
into a land at changing times.
What was their Destiny?


Comments on this poem/writing:

Catyrose ( -- Wednesday, February 28 2007, 10:13 am

This reminds me

of poems we had to memorize in school when I was growing up. I really enjoyed the rythm of this piece as well as the story itself.
Robert ( -- Wednesday, February 28 2007, 08:11 pm


Thanks Catyrose,I was watching a documentary on the History Channel about Slavery and the Slave Ships and this led me to write this poem. I was quite impressed by what happened then...
barb ( -- Friday, March 2 2007, 04:16 am

knowledge is understanding

Instead of burying the truth you learned about it and showed your understanding of what some had to go through. Good write. It gave me a wake-up,hope it woke others too.
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