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Through the eyes of a Child

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   The back of your hand can never be sweeter than
 the palm of your hand.
 
                                      -- Asante Proverb

African and American Pooverbs
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by James Hammond,Sr., Ph.D.

Ntjapeli ha ke phokojoe-

 

Two dogs will not be overcome

by a jackal.

 

[two heads or better than one]

                             - Basotho Proverb

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When two elephants fight, it is only

 the grass that suffers.

                            - Asante Proverb

 

The seeds of today are the flowers

of tomorrow.

                          - Asante Proverb

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Not to know is bad, but to refuse

to know is worse.

                       - Gambian Proverb

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A person who kicks his own dog

should not complain, nor be surprised,

if someone else kicks him too.

                         - Zulu Proverb

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Anticipate the good so that you

may enjoy it.

                      - Ethiopian Proverb

 

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He who upsets a thing should

know how to rearrange it.

                       - Sierra Leonean Proverb

                    

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Freedom

 

 

You cannot detain a spirit or incarcerate a soul, certainly not because it is contained in skin that is saturated with color ebony, ink, coal.

 

The spirit must soar to illuminate the globe but must not forget its ancestral hue, nor be bound by discord, intolerance, hate, ... not if freedom is to ensue.

 

Sienna sisters, mahogany brothers, walnut, and chestnut tone pigments must unite sending a communal spirit to battle, is the only way to win the fight.

 

A harmonious alliance of coppers and bronze, sable and coffee tinted skin, their flesh is merely a reflection, of the spirit that emanates from within.

 

The unfaded spirit must detach, and emblazon the earth with its fire, Its festive dance must serve to free, solidify, and inspire. Cinnamon, sorrel, cocoa, reset, tinge the world with our glow, through your spirit, tyranny dies and it is your heart, not your skin, they will know.

 

- Renata Hammond-

 

 

 

 

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About the Author
 
James M. Hammond, Sr., Ph.D.
 
Chairman of the Psychology Department
Columbia Union College
Takoma Park, MD
 
Husband, father, grandfather,
teacher,cleric, international speaker
 
The poem on this page was written
 by his daughter, Renata