Black Poetry : Bare The Scars

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  1. OldSoul

    OldSoul Permanent Black Man PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Bare the Scars

    as a Black man
    I wanted to believe
    that Black men
    could not would not
    abuse mistreat rape
    Black women
    mothers daughters sisters
    nieces aunts grandmothers
    but in my life
    I've learned that its happened to
    more Black women
    mothers daughters sisters
    nieces aunts grandmothers
    than we will ever admit to
    in many of our families
    by many of our relatives
    Black women bear the scars

    as a Black man
    I wanted to believe
    that white women
    would not could not
    lie about being raped
    by Black men
    who would then be
    beaten burned alive lynched
    have their genitals cut off
    for souvenirs
    but in my life
    I've learned that its happened to
    more Black men
    than we can count
    or put names to
    fathers sons brothers
    nephews uncles grandfathers
    to many of our relatives
    in many of our families
    Black men bear the scars

    as a Black man
    I wanted to believe
    that Black people
    would not could not
    crucify each other
    for meritorious manumission
    for shekels praise positions
    from the murderers of
    so many of our relatives
    in many of our families
    fathers mothers sisters brothers
    sons daughters
    uncles aunts nieces nephews
    cousins once removed
    but in my life
    I've learned its happened
    still happening to us
    and our children will bear the scars

    as a Black man
    I still believe
    that we can and will
    reach hold and heal
    each other
    despite the rivers floods oceans
    of hate we have to swim against
    in spite of fighting to breathe
    for food to feed our babies
    for truth to nourish the souls of
    so many of our relatives
    in all of our families
    mothers fathers daughters sons
    brothers sisters uncles aunts
    nephews nieces
    and cousins who are moved
    because in my life
    I've learned its possible
    if we will bare the scars.

    --HLR 11/20/14--

     
  2. NikkiRenee

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    This hit home can I bare the pain of what life is.
     
  3. Harry Hyman

    Harry Hyman Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    oldsoul – When you act and think like a slave, you are indeed a slave and will commit such acts which bear such scars, especially when you’ve been disconnected from the culture and history that proves you were not the slave but the ruler. It’s not that we don’t know sometimes but more that we don’t know that we don’t know. Now there's a mindbender for ya. I like your work
    oldsoul. Namyh
     
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    Hello Oldsoul, Just the other day I and my mother were having a conversation about how we're able to do some of the most terrible things to our own. Decades of being beaten, killed or having your children or other family members sold if you tried to help or protect ANY slave, broke the bond our people had. As the years pass we seem to care less and less about each other. I know many people say we keep blaming everything on slavery and it was so long ago, but (un)healed damage grows greater. Its very painful to see what we do to each other, but like you, I to believe we can and will heal. It may not be in our lifetime, but it will. Thanks for sharing this. It was nice to read you again.

    feelin'itsouldeep!
    Coco :dance:
     
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