Recipe for A Slave

by Mikaylah Simone

Preheat antebellum plantation
Under 100 degrees of southern heat
Add one part capitalist society
Pour in slave ships
With tens of millions of African people
Finely dice countless families
And separate daily
Carefully strip away
Language, culture and religion
Sift in shackles
Whip and beat vigorously
Slowly mix in murder, rape 
And castration 
Stuff with strange fruit
Set for 400 years
Garnish with self-contempt
Materialistic desire
And white-collar jobs
Once urbanized 
And socially conditioned
Place under glass ceiling
SERVE: to millions

Recipe for A Slave by Mikaylah Simone

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