#BlaPoWriMo: Door of No Return

Door overlooking
the ocean, you are my last
memory of home—


chains and bodies and sweat
stored in the hull of a ship,

and then

chains and bodies and sweat
tilling the land under the hot sun.

© 2023 Nortina Simmons

Welcome to Day 13 of Black Poetry Writing Month (aka BlaPoWriMo)! BlaPoWriMo is a month-long challenge to write a poem every day during the month of February (Black History Month) related to Black history, Black people, or the Black experience.

I know I’ve missed a few days, but I hope that hasn’t discouraged you from writing your own “Black” poems. If you haven’t noticed, my Morning Inspiration prompts are also Black History Month-themed, so you’re never without prompts!

Today’s optional prompt is: Write a poem about a place.


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