534 - Robinson Crusoe

in Robinson Crusoe a great shouting
man made of flame comes down with a spear
and demands repentance. for flouting
which laws ? since slavery did not appear

to be against them. each in turn is slave
or bondsman - Crusoe Xury Man Friday
the papist. Freedom was a state Grace gave
or else upon the island - a stay

of execution and no accident.
as for the Africans in the Brasils
whose was the step ahead - the footprint
in the sand ? feet without shoes or sandals

would be fungible - unless the tread
of the Accuser - sprang from those slavesteads.

The Coach and Horses
14 July 2021