Black Poetry : Black History, Who...

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  1. baller

    baller Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    “Black History,” Who?


    Our fore-parents hail from
    The West Indies
    Sold down the river by (rival) chieftains of ME
    Like the PJs
    On the fifteenth…and the first
    (A few) play-pretty things
    That’s all I was worth

    Sold…by my people into a life of SERVITUDE
    Forced across those rolling waters against the sounds of the loon

    I crossed that forever river before land discovered ME
    Saw (many) my sisters and brothers…asleep
    In the darkness of that deep blue sea

    Before the auction block found us
    …Numbered our tally and made gold of us
    ‘Til the auctioneer cried SOLD of us
    To the highest bidder, he delivered us

    Into the hand of their liberty

    The liberty they stole
    And took
    And transposed
    Into their woes
    They rose
    To the level of DeMoN sPaWn
    Went to hell and beyond
    To deposit their sorrows
    (For fun)

    In those days

    The days of our CRYptic past
    When we thought we wouldn’t last
    Beyond the next PLANTATION UPRISING
    That brought forth many disguises

    HARRIET TUBMAN
    NAT TURNER

    And radical abolitionists
    Who waged war against the white man’s wish
    To own the black man as his (Property)

    Didn’t want to take dem shackles off’a me

    From sun up to sundown
    The heat bored down on us
    The over-seers growled at us
    Massa’s whip dug deep into us
    We could not stomach the patchwork of scars
    Cris-crossing our brother’s back

    Forcing us to act

    Realizing…we could not live our lives like that

    If FREEDOM existed
    We had to know
    …Had to see
    A man-superior
    We could not believe

    Our (mind) had to be FREE

    Not cluttered by sensitivities to
    “Massa, please…”


    “Black History,” to me…

    (Is that just) another means
    Of trying to control the destiny of me
    …Trying to tell me when I can celebrate my (ME)

    ~ Like my story only exists between the boundaries of Feb-ru-ary

    One through twenty-eight days, We EMBARK
    The other three hundred thirty-seven days, they say
    We refuse to carry the torch

    Au contraire

    We led and bled
    Three hundred sixty five days
    EVERY year
    Put this nation on our shoulders
    And refused to show fear

    Slavery didn’t kill us
    Jim Crow couldn’t destroy us

    We knew what to do

    We tried and cried
    Some of us lied…and still died

    But WE pulled US through

    Racism stood against us
    Prejudice was never in favor of us
    The whips and chains weren’t kind to us
    ‘Til the noose befriended us
    Renamed us
    “Strange Fruit”
    Let the white man’s loot go to dust
    As “ashes to ashes” reclaimed us

    FREE

    (Have we forgotten)
    They fought a war…for us

    The system turned water hoses on us
    Beat us
    Lynched us
    Set the dogs on us
    Still, they couldn’t destroy us

    And we sit here…like the fight is over

    Have we forgotten that
    FREEDOM AIN’T FREE
    Or, the price freedom paid
    For you and me

    Have you forgotten the struggles we endured?

    Have the results obscured our plight?

    By the patience (of waiting)
    The procrastination (of hating
    The patience relating to our success)
    And the years it took to get us HERE

    And we sit on our backsides claiming we have no fear

    Sitting ‘round
    With our heads in the clouds
    Like we’re the “ish”
    And don’t own ****

    How did we so easily forget

    Martin Luther King, Jr., or
    Malcolm X, or
    Marcus Garvey

    And what about
    Paul Robeson and
    Medgar Evers

    Have we forgotten them, too?

    Or the hundreds of others
    Of our sisters and brothers
    Who’ve died for the privileges
    We have THIS day

    When I speak to you
    You have nothing good to say

    Is that what they died for?

    Is that your way?

    My brethren…of the struggle

    Through the “civil rights” fights
    And klan lynchings by midnight
    All hooded and afraid
    Couldn’t face daylight and be brave

    The struggle

    Through the marches…and sit-ins
    Boycotts…while at wit’s end
    We struggled to get in (with)
    A people we couldn’t fit in (with)

    The struggle

    “In God we trust”

    We committed our soul
    Ready to die for us

    The struggle

    Through slavery days
    When STRANGE FRUIT seemed a better way
    Of opposing their choosing
    For, in death, we weren’t losing

    The struggle

    Through jim crow’s tyranny
    Racism and bigotry
    Other oppression…we could not see
    Still…we pressed on……..gallantly

    The struggle

    In societies of recent years
    With lackadaisical atmospheres
    Where creature-comforts readily defines us
    While the enemy’s reach is within grasp of us
    An endangered species we’ve become
    ~ A separate people
    While they’ve become one

    Yet…you think we’ve won

    My brethren…​
     
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    O'my brother baller you just written the truth tis day and let it be heard loud and clear
    i really was off into this piece deep and was able to see beyond the maze of 28 dayz
     
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    What a tapestry you've woven with words, taking us through this timeline. It seems just when we think we can get comfy, that's when something happens to remind us, our struggle is not over. Do flow on poet, well done.
     
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    What a wonderful journey you have created here, I followed the awe-inspiring flow til the end and I must say poet...you've mapped it out beautifully. I've been fed, filled and poetically satisfied.....thank you, Baller for the cuisine of knowledge. Let the river flow and flow....


    epiphany:heart:
     
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    peace Baller,

    powerful Scrybe .......:bowdown:
     
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    we would think that wouldn't we?

    i say it's not even "forgotten" anymore

    it's just plain being "ignored"

    our past which has so much relevance

    and thank you for bring this to the forefront

    where it NEEDS TO BE

    thank you bro. B
     
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    yo...this piece needs to be published....
    this stanza got me all caught up...cause it's str8 truth...nice!!

    The liberty they stole
    And took
    And transposed
    Into their woes
    They rose
    To the level of DeMoN sPaWn
    Went to hell and beyond
    To deposit their sorrows
    (For fun)


    one love
    khasm
     
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    cocobutterskyn Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    This piece speaks of truth that saddens a heart as well as truth that gives solid reasons for us to press on, because our journey is nowhere near over.




    Definitely
    feelin'itsouldeep!
    Coco:dance:
     
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    baller Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    scribes...

    THANK YOU for reading...and feeling me on this one. WE have a national celebration to honor one of us--MLK--WE have a president who looks like us--OBAMA, OBAMA, OBAMA--still, a large portion, in this land, aren't ready for the rest of us. until then, we're still in the struggle.

    the river floweth.
     
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