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Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman didn't take no stuff
Wasn't scared of nothing neither
Didn't come in this world to be no slave
And wasn't going to stay one either

"Farewell!" she sang to her friends one night
She was mighty sad to leave 'em
But she ran away that dark, hot night
Ran looking for her freedom
She ran to the woods and she ran through the woods
With the slave catchers right behind her
And she kept on going till she got to the North
Where those mean men couldn't find her

Nineteen times she went back South
To get three hundred others
She ran for her freedom nineteen times
To save Black sisters and brothers
Harriet Tubman didn't take no stuff
Wasn't scared of nothing neither
Didn't come in this world to be no slave
And didn't stay one either

     And didn't stay one either

Credit


From Honey, I Love and Other Love Poems: 25th Anniversary Edition by Eloise Greenfield. Copyright © 2003 by Eloise Greenfield. Reprinted by permission of by HarperCollins Children's Books. All rights reserved.

Author


Eloise Greenfield

Eloise Greenfield is the author of over thirty children’s books, many of which use poetry to tell stories about the African-American experience. Her most recent books include In the Land of Words (Amistad Press, 2016), Brothers & Sisters (Amistad Press, 2008), and Honey, I Love and Other Love Poems (HarperCollins, 2003).

Date Published: 2003-01-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/harriet-tubman