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They traveled far,

Over vast oceans

Nestled at the bottom belly

Of oversized ships in undersized cavities


They were the first

To settle on foreign lands

With golden sands

On lush plantations


Promises of wealth

Promises of freedom

Promises of a free man


From coolie belles

To girmits

Our ancestors bore the names

And the fate

We today could not fathom


Where we stand today

Is an ode to them

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Je'nae is a recent graduate from San Francisco State University where she wrote for her school's newspaper. After, she spent some time in video games journalism before turning to freelance writing.