The babe is crying so the Overseer tells the Driver to, "Keep that thing quiet!" and then the Diver whips the babe and Sarah falls and the Overseer tells the Driver to whip Sarah also.
Keep that thing quiet!
The People Could Fly By: Zainab Yahyaa
The old man that was there, Toby, came and helped her to her feet. "I must go soon," she told him. "Soon." he said.
I must go soon.
"Now, before it's to late," panted Sarah. "Now, Father!" He raised his arms holding them out to her. "Kum... yali, kum buba tambe, "and more magic words, said so quickly, they sounded like whispers and sighs.
Kum...yali, kum buba tambe.
The young woman lifted one foot on the air. Then the other. She flew clumsily at first, with the child now held tightly in her arms. Then she felt the magic, the African mystery.
Say the next day was dead hot in the fields. A young man slave fell from the heat. Toby come over and spoke words to the fallen one. The young man forgot them as soon as he heard them. They went way inside of him. He got up and rolled over on the air. He rode it awhile. And he flew away.
Another and another fell from the heat. Toby was there. He cried out to the fallen and reached his arms out to them. "Kum Kunke yali, kum...tambe!" And they to rose on the air. And the old man, old Toby, flew behind them, takin' care of them. He wasn't cryin'. He wasn't laughin'. He was the seer.