disturb the composure of
faze fell on the plantation where the slave who could not fly waited.
She had no heart to
croon to it.
call out loudly
“Keep that thing quiet,” called the Overseer. He pointed his finger at the babe. The woman scrunched low. The Driver cracked his ship across the babe anyhow. The babe
hollered like any hurt child, and the woman fell to the earth. The old man that was there, Toby, came and helped her to her feet. “I must go soon,” she told him. “S
an estate where cash crops are grown on a large scale
Way above the
plantation, way over the slavery land.
That babe started up
bawling too loud.
an observer who perceives visually
shiny wings flappin’ against the blue up there.
a tool with a flat blade attached to a long handle
hoed and chopped the row as the babe on her back slept.
a person who is owned by someone
They couldn’t take their wings across the water on
requiring or showing effort
labored in the fields from sunup to sundown.
utter in an angry, sharp, or abrupt tone
“Get up, you black cow,” called the Overseer. He pointed his hand, and the Driver’s whip
snarled around Sarah’s legs. Her sack dress tore into rags. Her legs bled onto the earth. She couldn’t get up. Toby was there where there was no one to help her and the babe before it’s too late,” panted Sarah.“Now,
cause to feel better
Couldn’t stop to
soothe and quiet it down.
move quickly and involuntarily up and down or sideways
trembled to be so hard worked and scorned.
a state of ill-being due to affliction or misfortune
The folks were full of
something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained
“Kum...yali, kum buba tambe,” and more magic words, said so quickly, they sounded like whispers and sighs. The young woman lifted one foot on the air. Then the other. She flew clumsily at first, with the child now held tightly in her arms. The she felt the magic, the African
mystery. Say she rose just as free as a bird. As light as a feather. The Overseer rode after her, hollerin’.