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Roark Moody Poetry –

‘Shadow of Slavery

Wed, Sep 7, 2011

Hooded white sheets thunder across my mind

while nights I sleep southern trees bleed a strange kind of fruit!

Yessa massa I know you enslave me

Cause nights while I sleep- rides the

Shadows of slavery. Yessa massa I go- I toe- the line

Please massa sir – don’t hang me by

My nigger toes, until my upside

Down blood spills away my soul!

Hooded white sheets thunder across

The crooked trails as the devil

Scratches his way through hell!

Hung strange fruit never tell their tales!

By r.e. moody

Bio: Moody Roark (poet name ‘r.e. moody’) is a Vietnam veteran who has always set a good example for other vendors. He works hard, has a great rapport with his customer base and cares about the people with whom he interacts. He is also a very talented poet and began writing poetry at the age of 12. You can see many of his poems published within the magazine, including two of his favorites, “Homeless” and “It,” featured above. StreetWise is also currently working on publishing his rhymes in a StreetWise Vendor Poetry book.Moody has a degree from Columbia College and has worked in an Illinois state government department as an editor until he was laid off in 1994. After working several jobs, he made his way to StreetWise and he feels as if it were fate, because he’s able to pursue his life-long dream of being a poet. “I’m really enjoying my second career of sharing my poetry with the StreetWise readership.”


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