Igbo Landing

lights cracklin’ down

sails burning

smoke sifts its way to Chukwu

she’s pleased

lifeless captors

trampled in confusion


plead for mercy

mother water will receive her own

plants her children in waves

spiralling rebirth

we’re going home

‘cross the Atlantic

we’re going home



During Black History Month, this blog will honor people who demonstrated critical elements of the Black / African experience with commemorative poems. This poem pays homage to the Igbo Landing revolt, in which enslaved Africans overtook their captors’ ship and predicting their fate in the Americas, as legend has it, chose to walk home across the Atlantic, back to Igboland. This is the second poem in a month-long series.


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