"1619² (1+6+1+9 = 17)"

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48x36

acrylic on canvas

$2,000

1619²

 

Naked on the block

Covered in a hungry blue

We’d rather bare skin.

 

The sun was heavy

Its knowing america

Will never be free.

1619 in Jamestown, VA the first enslaved African was sold. America has been the wealthiest country in the world since. All for forced, intimidated and free labor squeezed out of the melanin of the real black gold.

* there are 17 syllables in the poetic form senryu (and haiku)