Black Poetry : A Black Man

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  1. baller

    baller Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    A Black Man

    ~ I ~

    (Thrust) From my Momma’s womb
    …Into a hostile room


    A Black man

    Way down in “Da Dirty South”
    Wooly hair’d
    A, somewhat, dirty mouth


    From the mouths of some,
    I’m known by many names:
    A poet
    An activist
    A changer of games


    Crossed treacherous terrain. Traveled stormy seas
    Hiked desert lands
    Climbed tropical trees
    Fought against those who’ve fought against me
    Domestics. Foreigners.
    “Adorn in Blue” police


    Just trying to reach my forefather’s dream
    Where “Justice for all,” is more than a thing…dreamed


    Tired of “Driving While Black”
    Being racially profiled
    Killed over traffic violations
    Or being exiled
    To
    An
    Eight-by-twelve cell
    Made to feel I was wrong
    …that I failed


    ~ II ~

    Historically pictured neighborhoods I’ve roamed
    Hanging on the walls in Black people homes:
    Jesus
    John F. Kennedy
    Martin Luther King
    Copied Lord’s Prayer, and
    “I Had a Dream”


    Did you hear me?

    A blond hair’d, blue-eyed, fair-skinned Jesus
    Don’t resemble God’s description
    Don’t look like us
    Yet…
    In that man, WE trust
    (Like God didn’t know what His son looked like)


    All our spiritual Blackness, we dedicate
    To a Savior’s image we know to be fake


    Can you relate?

    I stand on the pRiNcIpLe of a history worth telling
    Deep in the “Starving Souls” of innocent youths,
    We be dwelling


    Please, my brethren,
    Hear me


    Stand for something…other than self
    Pursue worth, if you must, but don’t stand on your wealth
    Be Proud of what tomorrow is offered from you
    Let your heart be pure
    Your spirit, true
    Mr.
    Black
    Man


    ~ III ~

    “My *****! My *****!”
    Cried little Boys in da Hood
    Trying hard to be da man
    Always up to no good


    It’s understood

    …America sees a brutha as the scum of the earth
    Baseball bat sized girth
    With no value…no worth


    Is that really what’s understood?
    A black man…always up to no good


    Our Kids are programmed from beginning to end
    Futures sabotaged for the white man’s ends
    The brave must fail
    Emotionally challenged can’t survive
    Drop outs
    Criminal minds
    Death…or prison lives


    Caught up in that “Pipeline to Prison”
    They’ve put our kids on
    Though our numbers have diminish
    WE’re not helpless,
    WE’re strong


    Society claims it’s their fault; Bad choices they made
    We know they succumbed to scripted plans big brother laid
    All participants played their role
    Orchestrating (sentenced) outcomes
    Victims unwittingly help this pipelined path that’s destined for some


    Mr. Policeman…da overseer
    Trying to keep me in line
    Handing out invitations to do prison time


    ~ IV ~

    There’s a gangsta feel to every black man
    ‘til you’ve walked that mile
    You just can’t understand


    I’m da man

    “Chiseled steel,”
    We say it with pride
    If you’re down for the cause
    You’re down for the ride
    My friends I hold to a much higher worth
    Wouldn’t compromise my integrity;
    Wouldn’t ask me to do dirt


    Black Men

    Of the dark chocolate
    …The Ebony hue


    I’ve seen you

    Stepping and fetching
    Trying to imitate our presence
    Standing before us in wide-eyed reverence


    Hear me

    I’m the fading echo of a million years
    I buried my worries. Tossed away my fears


    We’re brash and boisterous coz we want to be heard
    The impetuousness of the rich
    The intelligence of the nerd
    I am one with all there were…or can be
    First man of all men
    The original
    That’s me


    A Black Man.
     
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    triniti424 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    *sigh* God bless our Black Men * this was beautiful brother poet and Ive missed the powerful presence of your words... your gift is as strong as I remembered it :) Props indeed :)
     
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    Sister triniti. Good to see you on the playground, again. Your voice has been missed; can't wait to read you, again.

    THANKS for the kind words.

    now...get 2 write'n
     
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    Yes, it's you with your mighty pen, keeping it real. Thank you, Black man!

    Coco
     
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    baller Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    partner in crime. waiting on ya.

    drop a little something.
     
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