• The Organic Poet

Finding My Roots @Stormancepoet

Topic - Self-discovery


I never knew my ethnicities before and I never walked any ground my ancestors stood upon.

Still we shared our cloudscape, our open sky, and for 400 years we felt the same sun.


I bet we dreamt of our lives being together one day,

hoping that someday,

the twigs of one branch would meet to the limbs of the trunk of this family tree.

It had not happened for any great-grandparents or even my deceased parents, but it certainly has happened for me.


We shared the moon and stars,

all of us together,

a tribe of eyes that were looking to the night sky.

Even as some ancestors stood on uncertain ground in a land giving us nothing, but a reason to die.

Our dreams were indifferent to all of this,

impervious to African borders, European walls, and American reservations.

The love of our people and home made us want to live on our great continent together, but alas there was no accommodation...


The desire required no passport, yet we were kept away in what was history's biggest crime.

We suffered the loss of land, stories, legacies, language, and

we endured pain for too much time.


Now I can let my breathing slow down, chat with my people, write it all out, and I can smile for as long as I please.

Knowing that we actually had a home all along, and a culture, with great history, yes, so many parts just like the trees.


Poet's biography


Name: Rachael Drew-Kinuthia

Place of residence: Newark, Delaware U.S.

Your favourite quote: "Until the lion tells his side of the story, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter." Luvvie Ajayi Your one wish for the world:

There are so many, but if I had to narrow it down, I'd wish for every person in the world to have enough food to eat every day.

Where can we find out more about you (Website link):

www.africandiasporacenter.org

A small bio about you:

I am a mom of two teenaged sons, wife of 18 years, a writer, and ESL tutor. I love cooking, traveling, and getting to know different people—truly a world citizen, so to speak! When I'm not taking care of my family, then I'm volunteering time to help my community. I love teaching our kids to think of others, all while valuing our continental African and African American cultures. As a survivor of breast cancer and chronic illness, I also enjoy helping others who are in need of support and may not be as fortunate to have the help of family like I did.

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