Those four black girls blown up
in that Alabama church
remind me of five hundred
middle passage blacks,
in a net, under water
in Charleston harbor
so redcoats wouldn't find them.
Can't find what you can't see
From Images of Kin by Michael S. Harper, published by University of Illinois Press. © 1970 by Michael S. Harper. Used with the permission of the University of Illinois Press. All rights reserved.
Michael S. Harper
Michael S. Harper was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1938.
Date Published: 1970-01-01
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/american-history