promise me

excerpts from Lorraine Hansberry’s “Les Blancs”

A.B. Godfreed
2 min readMay 4, 2022


photograph by A.B. Godfreed

surmised was true
you have to run
irretrievably and immutably doomed
a capitalist to the marrow
so mixed up
in your head
anything should happen

at the edge of a great forest
what use are flowers
herbs and berries
excellence and human relevance
her challenge to the status quo

do you know how to make
our demands
Les Blancs,
for both our sakes,
settlers have one season
to grant
its conception

mood of our people
to three centuries of rape
and self-acquittal
don’t do
fond of Africa
battle scarred or dirty
invariably herded
incidentals — gangrene, tumors, still born babies
they bore me

with all his power
the fire went out
living denial of everything
no story
to the play, really
pointing out to the beautiful
been waiting for you
are condemning yourself to hell


This piece (including the title) is composed solely out of phrases taken randomly from Lorraine Hansberry’s (1972) “Les Blancs: The Collected Last Plays”. The compilation is made up of three plays that revolutionized American drama, with Hansberry’s keen focus on the black experience — both at home and abroad.

Gone too soon at age 34, Hansberry was a brilliant and questioning mind. She embodied raw talent, sparkling intellect, political consciousness, anti-colonial ideals and a strong Pan-African spirit. Hansberry was a formidable playwright, known for penning the American classic “A Raisin in the Sun” — a 1959 Broadway play on the African American experience.

For more on Hansberry, do check out “To Be Young, Gifted and Black” by Robert B. Nemiroff. It is a play (adapted from her own writings) about the life of this extraordinary American writer.



A.B. Godfreed

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