visual empathy

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at the beginning of
the Slave Trial
at the historical marker
I stand there and ponder
through visual empathy
what it may have been like
if I was in the shoes
of a slave
~   putting
a foot on
not only dry land
but unfamiliar ground …..
after spending much time
~   traveling
an unfriendly Atlantic
to enter the mouth
of the Chesapeake Bay
then took up a river
called James
to the Manchester Docks
Ancarrow’s Landing
near Richmond

~   while deep
in contemplative
thought
my muse RLF
talks to the locals
about the type of fish
that’s caught at this spot
on the bank of the river   ~

instead of going to New Orleans
those that departed the boat here
treated like livestock
~    flesh and blood beings
of THE HUMAN RACE
just a different skin color
were taken along the water
until crossing over
to the other side
where the horrors of being sold
at the auction houses in Richmond
inhumanly awaited them
(300,000 HUMANS they say
in Richmond ~ during
this seemingly
unfathomable period
in American history)

I ain’t gonna
reiterate the historical
record on the marker
about the Trans-Atlantic
Slave Trade to America

go to the beginning
of the Slave Trial
and read
experience the moment
for yourself
like me
stand there and ponder
through visual empathy
what it may have been like
if you were in the shoes
of a slave
~    putting
a foot on
not only dry land
but unfamiliar ground …..
share your feelings
and thoughts with others
ask them to go there
and experience it
for themselves
let the healing
through the power of empathy
freely flow about the land
so such a thing
as slave trade
never happens again
to beings a part of
THE HUMAN RACE
of a different skin color

then afterwards
like my muse RLF
take the time
and talk to
the locals
about fishing
along the river bank
at the Manchester Docks

peace out

Image & Words by   ~Keith Alan Hamilton~

This Image with Words will be a part of my Slavery in America Image with Words Collection now exhibited in The Urban Individualist Artist Collective, Gallery #219 at Art Works In Richmond, VA.

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