Black Poetry : Back Roads...

Discussion in 'Black Poetry - Get Your Flow On!' started by Hunter, Aug 27, 2001.

  1. Hunter

    Hunter Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    You think you can
    define "beautiful"
    until you
    travel on an
    unfinished road

    to somewhere
    along
    Jamaica back roads
    to the place
    where every face
    you use to know
    seems so unfamiliar
    to you

    but every distant cousin
    remembers you
    some faint memory
    of who you use to be

    before the fall came
    to Coconut trees
    and you left the roots
    in the heritage grounds

    then travelled to
    "foreign town"
    and they told you
    that immigration
    was a beautiful thing

    some magnificent
    synonym
    of yourself
    until the tropical breeze
    takes you home

    home...

    to those Jamaica back roads
    made of stone
    not unlike the smooth stones
    you once found
    when you were a little girl
    swimming in
    the Caribbean sea

    [now I see
    how the Caribbean sees
    have brought their
    "beautiful"
    back to me]

    you think you can
    define beautiful
    because you live in
    a North American society
    you think you know
    everything
    there is to know

    until you travel on an
    unfinished road

    until you see
    the elegance
    that lives inside of
    poverty

    the magnificent struggle
    of a people

    their blood...
    sweat...
    and the intensity

    of unfinished roads...

    and rows and rows and rows
    of little houses

    inside...
    there are people
    who you use to know
    sipping ice cold lemonade
    and island hot Ginger tea

    In their livingrooms

    when the heavy rains come...
    there is barely a roof

    but they survive
    in perfect symmetry

    and how they endure....
    the poverty

    designates the true origins of

    "beauty"


    *Caribbean Sees*

    Hunter
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    $$RICH$$ Lyon King Admin. STAFF

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    INDEED AND SO TRUE

    WALKING DOWN MEMORY LANE
     
  3. alyce

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    re-defining beautiful...what the Caribbean 'sees'

    I love this piece in its entirety, Ms. Hunter...so many vivid images of home...all strikingly, disturbingly, and completely ~ beautiful!

    Thank you

    a
     
  4. Hunter

    Hunter Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    yes...

    there will always be *island* in me...thank-you for cruising Jamaica with me...and for being patient with me as I tried to come to terms with the pride of poverty

    *destitute*
     
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    Heartbeat Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    seeing and feeling all of this beauty. thanks for the picture

    BE
     
  6. wildflower7

    wildflower7 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    you are so right in this piece
    i define beauty sometimes in the most
    superficial ways...
    then comes the beauty of the
    uncut diamond still rough...
    you're right. thank you.
    -7:spinstar:
     
  7. Kitana

    Kitana Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    so beautiful

    this was written so descriptively it almost took me there...
    and while "poor" people do not have much material wealth, they are the ones who are rich beyond measure in the things that really count in life...beautiful people..this is touching..

    K
     
  8. cocobutterskyn

    cocobutterskyn Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Hunter,

    Very insightful piece. I agree with Kitana. I grow up poor and was taught to appreciate the important things in life. Todays generation seem to have forgotten what is important. They hold such importance in material things. Materialism has taken over and the value of life, for life has gone. Young kids killing for status, clothes, a piece of street, etc. Thank you for sharing this.

    Madd Sistahly Love:heart:
    CCBSKYN
     
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