Mr. Africa Poetry Lounge!

Recognition (Part 2)

Will that day ever come
Will the story unfold
Will the world recognize
And will our children be told

About how Blacks played a part
In shaping our lands
With inventions we gave
From the strength of Black hands

Like the Gas Mask device
That Morgan had made
Saving lives in the mines
Or some Chemical raid

And those Propellers we use
In our vessels today
Thanks to George Toliver
With his massive display

The Fountain Pen had a charm
William Purvis helped to form
Isaac Johnson had a dream
And the Bike Frame was born

The Game of Golf took a turn
When Grant made the Tee
And Burr's Lawn Mower design
Keeps the grass below our knee

Thanks to Burridge and Marshman
The Typewriter gave print
And Sarah Boone's Ironing Board
Was a gem and a mint

Travel trains became safe
When train cars would connect
With the help of a Coupling
Andrew Beard would perfect

The Horseshoe and Saddle
Helped the West find its way
Commending Davis and Rick
Who put it all into play

The Elevator device
Made its functions more safe
Giving Cooper the rights
To put it all into place

Henrietta Bradberry
Had a legend so large
When she concocted the patent
For the Torpedo Discharge

There was a Genius in Dickinson
With songs of pure treasure
And his Player Piano
Gave us musical pleasure

And then Elijah McCoy
Made a Lubricating Device
And that Real McCoy phrase
Was the best in advice

There's been tons of Inventions
And Patents from Blacks
Yet recognition is something
We still seem to lack

Written by David Farrar


Mr. Africa Poetry Lounge