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Elijah's Lament

February 5th, 1850

By Krishan MubasharPublished 2 months ago Updated 2 months ago 2 min read
Elijah's Lament
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My weary bones feel the chill of February as I steal a moment to record the whispers of my soul in the hidden pages of this forbidden journal, while my days are consumed by unyielding toil beneath the Southern sun.

In the shadows of the night, I huddle by the dim glow of a flickering candle, carefully etching my thoughts onto stolen parchment. The dancing flame, a beacon of resistance in the oppressive darkness that surrounds me, mirrors the flicker of hope within my chest.

My quivering hand clutches a worn quill, dancing upon the pages of a secret diary. Each stroke is a delicate thread weaving the tapestry of my stolen past home. I spill ink like tears, tracing the contours of distant landscapes, the vast, untamed savannahs, and the towering trees whispering stories in the breeze.

These pages will become my refuge, a silent companion as I navigate the harsh reality of bondage. Through the ink’s embrace, I resurrect the rhythmic beats of ancestral drums, and in the quiet night, I reclaim fragments of the freedom once woven into the fabric of my soul.

This diary, some loosen pages I managed to steal and hide, becomes the sanctuary where my spirit, though confined, finds solace in the lingering echos of home.

Tonight, as I write, the echoes of the overseer’s whip still resonate in my mind. The brutality of the lash is the cruel melody that accompanies the rhythmic symphony of my anguish. Yet, my fingers trace the contours of words, an act deemed forbidden to ones of my station.

My silent rebellion, a testament to the stolen literacy that courses through my veins like a forbidden elixir; a small spark of hope and a reminder of who I was before they forced me onto that ship.

The longing for freedom weaves itself into every letter I form, an invisible thread that binds my yearning heart to the distant promise of liberation. I conjure the faces of those who share my burden, the silent brethren who dream of a day when our shackles will crumble like the brittle pages of this secret chronicle.

One day, this moment fades into memory, leaving behind the indelible mark of my clandestine words, a testament to the enduring flame of hope flickering within the heart of every slave yearning for tomorrow, where freedom is not a distant mirage but a tangible reality.


About the Creator

Krishan Mubashar

An author, who writes tales of human encounters with nature and wildlife. I dive into the depths of the human psyche, offering an insights into our connection with the world around us, inviting us on a journeys. (Christian Bass)

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