God and the Prayers of Black Women:Happy Black History Month from Carl Brouard (Haiti)

God and the Prayers of Black Women:
Happy Black History Month from Carl Brouard (Haiti)

“The Negresses Pray”

Oh! my God!…
all the long days
all the long years
we’ve told the rosary of suffering!

And yet…Oh Lord—
our black hands are white with good!

Oh! my God!…
pale faces from beyond the Sea took
the land of our fathers,
our huts were burned
the eyes of our sons could not see the light.

And yet.. Oh Lord
our black hands are white with good!

Oh Lord!…
since our hands white with good can not
pluck
the sweet fruit of peace
give us white hands black with sin!

***Day 3: Black History Month

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