Liverpool's Shame

Shall we play the shame game?
Liverpool's bricks, they say, cemented
with the blood of Africans. . .

Yes the slave trade helped
make Liverpool great --
it's something we can't escape. . .

But an ex-Liverpool slave ship captain
who repented gave us
"Amazing Grace"

and William Roscoe,
poet, art collector, and MP,
wrote "The Wrongs of Africa"

to protest the trade.
Just as the African,
with manacles raised, pleads

to be regarded as a man,
don't blame all of Liverpool
for the sins of some.

By Christopher T. George