People Who Eat Darkness

The people who eat darkness
Are the real cannibals.
They come to the beautiful
Land of humanity’s origins
With poisoned prejudice,
Then leave with human cargo
And gold, diamonds and rare
Animals, cobalt and artifacts.

The people who eat blackness
Are the real cannibals.
They attempt to erase
Millennia of black history,
Just as the Roman Senate
Destroyed records and statues
Of Commodus after the emperor’s
Assassination. The might of
Blackness cannot be removed
From the annals of the earth,
No matter how much bleaching
And whitewashing the cannibals do.

Copyright 2012
A. J. Hayes
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