Better Blackness

January 27, 2013

“I Come from the Nigger Yard” — an excerpt

Filed under: Icons,Literature — betterblackness @ 4:32 pm
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There has been so much public discourse recently about the N-word, I couldn’t help but recall the great Guyanese poet Martin Carter’s classic opus from 1954. Here’s the last stanza:

I come from the nigger yard of yesterday
leaping from the oppressors’ hate
and the scorn of myself
I come to the world with scars upon my soul
wounds on my body, fury in my hands
I turn to the histories of men and the lives of peoples.
I examine the shower of sparks the wealth of the dreams.
I am pleased with the glories and sad with the sorrows
rich with the riches, poor with the loss.
From the nigger yard of yesterday I come with my burden.
To the world of to-morrow I turn with my strength.

Martin Carter

1 Comment »

  1. I have said this poem many times; and even though I do not use that “N” word in everyday conversation, I really do not have any problem saying it in this great poem.

    Comment by Francis Quamina Farrier — September 30, 2016 @ 9:15 pm | Reply


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