Category Archives: historical

“Human Cargo”

The African sun burns deep into my aching back and limbs; it sears my skin, stretched taut over bones weary from gathering crops six days a week; it dries the sweat which flows from the roots of my hair to … Continue reading

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“A Letter From His Father”

Jean-Pierre sat alone in the tavern and watched Marie, the barmaid, as she steadied six pitchers of ale against her stomach and chest. She squeezed them tight before filling her fingers with six mugs to deliver to war-weary soldiers who … Continue reading

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REVERBERATION, THE NOVEL

  Reverberation, The Novel, is a story of love and friendship, greed and survival set amid the changing social, religious and philosophical mores of early nineteenth-century America. Paperback and ebook available: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005YCZBXK Share this:

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“The Adventure Ends: October 3, 1880”

The Colorado Mountains surround me as I travel through the Gunnison Valley on my way to Denver. I keep my horse at a slow pace as he’s carrying two bodies: mine and my brother’s. It’s been six months since we … Continue reading

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“My New Land”: (Epistolary Poem)

Monrovia, February 28, 1830 Dear James, My new land lies before my eyes Lush green growth from shore to mountains. Deep in the brush, a strange bird cries And water flows from cool fountains. A harbor deep where natives trade And … Continue reading

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“I Will Die Free”

(Photo copyright Randy Mazie) My life’s journey will end here, in a wooden box piled high with rocks to hold it down when the rains come. This year of 1830 has brought great change to my life. I have gone … Continue reading

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“The Promised Land”

By the Great Tree, Monrovia, Liberia. April the eleventh, 1830. Dear Sir, Fifty-six days at sea with most of our newly-freed black brethren suffering from seasickness, and now that we are in Africa, from the fever. We have lost four … Continue reading

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