Skinlike Hooves – Poetry

Skinlike Hooves – Poetry

On 1 February 1835, slavery was abolished in Mauritius; I hope that deep within we all heal from the traumas of past lives. This poem is also dedicated to people who are actually suffering in the sadistic hands or clutch of any type of enslavers (drugs, abusers, etc).

Skinlike Hooves (The hands that strike are weak, while the ones who take the blows are strong)

Enslavers
Can you hear us
Hidden at dusk
On a mournful soil
Dustied of marooned blood 
We dance to your songs
And breath spiteful air,
We soar into your atmosphere
And thicken the skin
That cloth our bones

Enslavers
Can you hear me
Look at the scars 
You've inflicted
To my skin
I wear them like jewelries
That ornate my strong body
Like tattoos of guerrillas
Making me fierce and proud
Amongst all the mightiest of this world

Enslavers
Can you hear me
You have unrooted my soul
From the depth of my core
Hardening my will
Strengthening my bones
Thickening my skin like hooves

Thus enslavers
Since you've showed us
Captivity
Since you've showed us
The power of a master
I am now a soul set free 
A master to my own
With a body as strong 
As the crust of this earth.

-Eiravel-

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