Too Sweet of a Sound  – An Atlanta Word Works Original

  |  Topic: Atlanta Word Works, Identity, Poetry
By Ogechi N. Ofodu
Ogechi Atlanta Word Works

Atlanta WordWorks Wednesday #ATLWWW

Weekly poems from your Team Atlanta representatives of Brave New Voices 2017

Ogechi, 19,  is an “AphroCentrik” magician who severs chains that prohibit her peers to grow fully. She likens spoken word to casting spells. She is a witch of words. We are fanatic to hear her spit this summer with Team ATL Wordworks.

Here’s one of her poems from her book “Lost Negro Records: A Colored History Chapbook.”

Too Sweet Of A Sound

Amazing Grace

How sweet the sound

As the harmony floated about the bellies of slave ships

 

How sweet the sound tasted in their longing mouth

As hymn was their last tie to their culture, to their God

Since colonization cannibalized their village tongues as a snack

 

How sweet the sound

was to the Captain who stole it’s saccharine nectar

Forced the dew through his caucasoid filter

Plastered his stamp on the bottle

and called the juice his new creation

 

Called a negro spiritual a folk hymn

Never credited where he copped the beat from

 

Guess, when yous saved your past sin is forgotten?

Guess, when you turn Christian your old slaves don’t really be slaves?

Guess, we should overlook him cause his captives were said to be treated “okay”?

 

If an atheist slave trader and ship owner almost dies,

And figures that it was the mercy of God

Then later in life speaks for the abolition of slavery

 

Do we forgive him?

 

Guess, he wrote amazing grace to save himself.

 

I hope this history isn’t true.

 

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Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Festival is an annual slam poetry competition for poets ages 13 to 19. This year the festival will convene in the Bay Area, California, July 19-22.

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Atlanta Word Works offers free poetry workshops during the school year at VOX, too. Submit your own original work for publication by emailing media@voxatl.org.

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