The Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies

XXV.1.Freeman

 

Tyné Angela Freeman is a student at Dartmouth College, pursuing a degree in Cultural Studies in the MALS (Master of Arts in Liberal Studies) program. Her research centers on music of the African continent and diaspora. Tyné is also a vocalist and composer. She has released four independent records, and has toured in the U.S. and internationally.

poetry

Overboard

Tyné Angela Freeman, Dartmouth College

 

I

This ship is lost at sea
We the People, trapped in transit
Time-traversing refugees
Dreams deferred, and then abandoned

Has the weight of this great nation
Forced your eyes toward the ground
Have you bent beneath the burden
Of this skin, this shameless brown

You walked alone in search of home
The journey wore you thin
Brother, I’ll reach overboard
And pull you safely in

 

II

A generation echoes
From the depths of ocean graves
Unnatural disaster
And we wonder who’s to blame

We share this sacred oxygen
We’re all trying to breathe
Hands lifted in surrender
To a ruthless, raging sea

You walked alone in search of home
The journey wore you thin
Brother, I’ll reach overboard
And pull you safely in

 

III

Neatly sectioned city blocks,
Triangles in the sea
This journey is amorphous,
Changing shape by century

Finally the compass found
We trace this chalk, our map
The shape of loss immeasurable
Now etched into our path

You walked alone in search of home
The journey wore you thin
Brother, I’ll reach overboard
And pull you safely in

 

IV

These shackles will be silhouettes,
The voyage soon will cease
Brother, take my hand
And Love will guide us through the deep

 

 

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