October 17, 2012

Carver: Revolutionary Farmer

George Washington Carver: Revolutionary Farmer
by Latorial Faison

In Diamond Grove, Missouri
Back in 1894
A slave child was born
A bouncing baby boy

This slave child was called George,
George Washington Carver
Who knew that he'd grow up
To be a revolutionary farmer

George was just a baby
When away from the plantation
He and his mother were abducted
By a band of slave raiders.

His mother was sold and shipped away
To some place south or north
Baby George went home to his master
Who, for George, traded a race horse.

George worked as a farm hand
Yet he had a passion for knowledge
He got a high school education

He was the first black at Simpson College

Carver studied the science of farming
For he had an agricultural touch
And he later became famous

For making new things from peanuts

The south needed Carver's research
For cotton was its main source
But with Carver's research and inventions

The south would be known for more

Carver's research included
Creating many useful products
100 uses for sweet potatoes

And over 300 uses for peanuts

George Washington Carver
Died in 1943
And his extensive research
Made agricultural history

Copyrighted © February 2007 Latorial Faison
from Twenty-eight Days of Poetry Celebrating Black History 2 (2008)

Poetry Workshops by Latorial Faison

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