Sea Sick

 

Sea Sick

I’ve never been Sea sick before,

Crashing waves rocking my body to the core,

The sound of chains

Screaming out for freedom

Men’s tears flowing on the cabin floor,

I’ve never been Sea sick before,

Men once strong

Now reduced to tears,

Tears flowing (Pause)

Sliding down the cabin floor,

Back

Fourth

Back

Fourth

I’ve never been Sea Sick before,

A small pebble can make ripples in a lake,

But these ripple are caused by the mountains,

Only mountains can rock this boat in a violent way,

I’ve never been Sea sick before,

I was shouted at like a stray dog scavenging for a meal,

Struck with whips for speaking in the only tongue i knew,

The smell of another man

dead

next to me,

I’ve never been Sea sick before,

Pipes of food forced through my throat,

Men violently vomiting,

Choking on their mukus

Another man died next to me,

I’ve never been Sea sick before,

Women stripped of their dignity,

innocence,

Now left bare in shame

I’ve never been Sea sick before,

Children told to dance for food,

Food they once plucked from their grandmothers tree,

I’ve never been Sea sick before,

Take me back to the land

For that is where I was once free

Now freedom is as distant as the land

I once came from,

I’m distant

Distant from my family

My friends,

my roots

This warrior

Who is a man

Who was once free

Is now a slave

I’ve never been Sea Sick before…