A “Found Poem”
By Tyrah Lacy
I was sent off to the kitchen to eat
I slept in a shed behind his house
I ate alone, I didn’t want to sit at his table
I learned what I was sent to learn
He sent Robert to Savannah and me to a colored school in Macon
Ray took his hand and shooed me away
As if i were a fly
You hit a white man?
You gonna let a black man talk to you like that ?
You watch your mouth
Now strip down so I can whip you
(Found Poems are found by choosing powerful lines from some source like a novel. Tyrah’s poem comes from writing she found in our novel, The Land)