Quiet Poetry Lounge : Ancient Utterances

Discussion in 'Black Poetry - Get Your Flow On!' started by cherryblossom, Feb 3, 2010.

  1. cherryblossom

    cherryblossom Banned MEMBER

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    I understand that of which you speak
    And would, if I could, research and seek
    To delve into that long-ago language's origin
    I'd be elated and feel born again
    To wrap my lips, teeth, and tongue
    Around those melodic syllables first spoken and sung
    By my ancestors whether
    Hutu or Bantu
    Swahili or Mende
    Fanti or Tutsi
    Yoruba or Chichewa…
    And the list goes infinitely on
    An aural mystery, sadly, foregone...

    Maybe they hail from the West Ghanaian Coast
    Or, perhaps, the Great Zimbabwe was their host
    Perhaps, they built those awesome pyramids & bustling towns
    And, even today, archaeologists still make their rounds
    Trying to discover how they lived and died
    Perhaps, I'll never know. Maybe for eternity, the ages will hide
    From me that original communication
    But, I do yearn for participation
    And to be fluent
    While congruent
    As I smoothly enunciate
    And distinctly articulate
    That initial grammar
    Whose vowels & consonants (to me)
    Fascinate and enamor.

    Yes. I understand that of which you speak
    And would, if I could, that Native Tongue,
    research and seek.

    Afterword....

    However, sadly, and for the most part, it's been irreplaceably lost
    But, there is one place where it won't die nor exhaust…

    The only remnant lies in the Sea Island's dialectical Gullah
    Preserved from the slave days of mixing the tribes
    When, to prevent an uprising, the slavers confused the medulla
    With their foreign words and strange descriptions
    And those enslaved devised oral transcriptions
    In order to not be killed or beaten
    Or thrown overboard and shark eaten...

    From the Atlantic Carolinas to Georgia,
    they've kept their language and traditions
    They pass them down thru each generation,
    protecting their ancestral conditions.
     
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    $$RICH$$ Lyon King Admin. STAFF

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    this was great sis
     
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    Blaklioness Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Nice one.




     
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    Chevron Dove Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Been off line for awhile, but this was so nice to log on and read.

    Great poetry! . . . and so, so true.
     
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    baller Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    say that...

    that enlightenment might come my way.
    that daylight's daily bread
    mean that i've fed
    off the crombs of your table
    ...that they enabled me to hear
    and understand
    those ancient utterances
    of which you speak

    I'M READY TO START MY LESSONS, NOW.
     
  6. cherryblossom

    cherryblossom Banned MEMBER

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    Thank you all very much!


    This piece made me wonder if any of our souls would recognize our original languages if we heard them.


    Just a file from some things that make me go "Hmmm."


    Thanx again!
     
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    Emerald_Queen Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I like!!! Very good...:)
     
  8. cherryblossom

    cherryblossom Banned MEMBER

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    INDEED, Bro. Baller! :toast:

    I've seen many threads here about learning an African language. It would be nice to see/participate once offered.
     
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    abstract219 ...standing on the shoulders of giants MEMBER

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    Who are you? And why does this write stay in my head?

    This is just a phenomenal read. Well researched, written with passion. Ive shown it to others. On my best day, I couldnt have picked a more worthy topic, let alone phrased it so well.

    You are linguist, historian, griot, anthropologist all rolled into one. LOL
    Mostly a beautiful human, for even considering the topic.

    Awesome. Ill be reading ya.
     
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    cherryblossom Banned MEMBER

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    Oh my!....I would say that such accolades might swell my head; but I am so humbled by your praise and enjoyment.....and I sincerely say, THANK YOU!
     
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