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Subject: Drinking Gourd

Wayne Adams
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Date Posted: 19:27:44 12/31/02 Tue
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I have been reading a book about a fictional family in Virginia during the Civil War. One of the characters is a slave by by the name of Alex. Unknown to his master, Alex is helping to run the underground railroad where runaway slaves stay in various homes on their way to freedom in Canada. Alex makes a comment to a runaway to "follow the drinking gourd" meaning the Big Dipper. The comment gave me an idea for this poem.

Young man,
Follow the drinking gourd
In the sky.

Young man,
Follow that drinking gourd
And the shackles will be no more.

Young man,
The drinking gourd
Is your way to freedom.

Young man,
Follow the drinking gourd
And you will be called "free man".

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