Gullah by Kevin Heaton

An Israelite prophet sojourning in Sierra
Leone happened on a Gullah priest canting

Igbo slave tunes at a ' ring shout.’ From
this priest, the prophet begged a bundle

of twigs, with which to weave a weeping
willow basket. He lined it with lion tuft,

& blood-stained Kinte cloth--filled
it with gubers, Jollof rice, grandmama

scriptures & living sculptures, cast
in the doctrines of Father Divine.

He strapped the burden to his back
with overseer lashings: walked on water

through a chain of Lowcountry islands,
& laid it all on the altar ofmagnolia anthers

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