Black Poetry : BLACK MAN FAILING SAGA: The Last Installment.

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  1. baller

    baller Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    a dark...grayness
    covers polluted skies
    and open thighs
    that bleeds insanity into my world

    M.E.M.B.R.A.N.E.S.
    scattered across southern planes
    that speaks to the torturous times
    of that (YESTER)day

    as the sun rise...slowly
    on this SORRY crop of
    FAILING FATHERS
    and cringing mothers
    whose persistent pleas
    on bended knees
    led to this...this disturbing
    instance
    of
    hoping and praying
    for an offspring
    unlike his father's seed

    {THERE WAS A TIME WHEN EVERY MOTHER WISHED HER SON WOULD GROW UP TO BE LIKE HIS FATHER...
    WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THOSE DAYS}

    l'il playa
    dropping babies
    and don't understand why his
    baby's mama
    be hating on his game
    when "THE CHILD SUPPORT CHECK"
    that's in the mail
    never came

    SHE NEEDS ASSISTANCE, PLAYA

    is 2K2 the year
    when woman and child
    will stand and cheer
    the man that some
    have stood and said
    "HE FAILED HIS FAMILY"

    let that man be dead

    is 2K2
    to be the year
    my bruthaz and me
    bless and caress
    our family
    RAISE UP and act like
    what we were meant to be

    MEN.

    BLACK MAN FAILING
    ...NO
    that's not who we are

    we are the strength of a nation
    ..carrying the weight of the world
    on broad shoulders

    we are
    THE FIRST FAMILY

    BLACK MEN standing
    Proud of family and home
    And all we own

    {let US act like who WE are}

    DON’T GET IT WRONG.

    ~~~~~

    the BLACK MAN FAILING SAGA was a result of my VENTING over an article i read; IS THE BLACK MAN FAILING HIS FAMILY? the article discusses an opinion pole, conducted by BET/CBS, in which fifty-six percent of those poled--seven hundred twenty-four total--felt that the Black Man had failed his family. I intended it be read in the following order:

    - The Black Man has failed his Family
    - Weak Man dropping Babies
    - The Black Man's Excuse
    - Have WE failed YOU

    with, The Final Installment, as a follow up. SORRY I DIDN'T EXPRESS THAT EARLIER.

    Personally, i'm offended that anyone would say that WE--BLACK MEN--have failed our families. however, given the state of disunity among my people...and the many who JUST DON'T GET IT...i see why it's being said. the bad thing is, there are too many of US who're insensitive to the message sent by the article.

    THANKS for allowing me to VENT, my poetic family.

    One.
     
  2. MsDLite

    MsDLite Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    bravo sir...

    for writing
    on a subject
    about a people...
    ...a culture

    a people of Africa~
     
  3. OneTyme.

    OneTyme. Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Nice Piece.

    It is sad that many of
    our black brotha's
    fathers, uncles, and friends
    do not see the reality.
    Keep writing and speaking
    your mind my brotha and
    we as a people should take
    heed to the words that u speak.
    PEACE.
     
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    $$RICH$$ Lyon King Admin. STAFF

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    HITTING HOME

    coz so many and yet so few know reality of our beings
    Fathers bruthas in all gotta wake up and stand tall
    2k2 da year before we be of none......speaketh loud
    so one ears hear .........
     
  5. blakverb

    blakverb Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Baller,

    this series has been excellent brother, I have read them all but have yet to reply to them (had to let 'em marinate in my mental a while). the thing is with surveys and things of that sort, the numbers can be manipulated to represent what ever the survey takers want to them to convey. then it also depends how the survey was taken. Was it a random survey? the persons who replied ,was the majority from an area that was high in single motherhood? etc. I'm not saying that that has happened, I'm moreless playing the devils advocate. Surveys like this hit us hard and there have been studies depicting us as "less than men" done throughout time. The sad thing is is that it tends to polarize black men and women further because it lends itself to that tired ole "ain't no good black men around" statement and in all honesty some of us have failed or should I say haven't tried. anyway brother your poetic take on this is astounding and I applaud you. keep doin' your thang brother!!! I do remember from way back on the afronet days that we were going to do a collab. it may be about time to do so. what you think?

    blak
     
  6. baller

    baller Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    THANKS fam...

    after reading the article, this SAGA kinda poured outta me. actually, it was twice as long but editing brought me here. glad you could 'preciate where a brutha be coming from.

    Blak...YES, the numbers can be manipulated but what i hate is that we're so READY to put US down. yet, when you take an honest look at the REALITY of our society, even if someone was trying to make US look bad...we're doing a wonderful job at helping them out/making it easy for them.

    i'm always here...you know.

    One.
     
  7. UbZoRbShUn

    UbZoRbShUn Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    First of all I want to say

    I enjoyed the series and thanks for brigin it. I've had a few days to marinate in this.

    The man is the head of the household period point blank. He is accountable for his family. He is responsible for providing a safe environment, providing and nuturing his family. Setting the example. Showing his children it's ok to cry, to show affection. To show his sons and daughters to be leaders. He is the one that will have to answer to God when it's time to open the books. See I'm young but I'm from the ole school.

    There is no way in the world that I can raise my two boys to be men. Yeah I could try but that wouldn't make it right you know. And if I did then I have failed my family as a wife and mother. By being my own woman I have eliminated what God has set forth. I ain't gone preach or nothing like that up in here.

    So in some cases we both men and women have failed in one way or another, but if we are willing to look at self, stand and be open to what God has set forth a lot of this could be avoided. Don't get me wrong now I ain't saying I'm a goody goody or that I have the perfect relationship cause I still hit the roof when I go to the bathroom and the toilet seat is up...

    I have learned to deal with things better so "we" hubby and I can set examples for the boys to see hey it's ok to not agree on everything, it's ok for daddy to rub mommas feet or it's ok for momma to hold daddy and kiss him...... dang man if I woulda know this like 2 yrs ago....


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  8. baller

    baller Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    it is not THE BLACK WOMAN i questioned in this series...

    it is THE BLACK MAN. yes, there are many examples...such as you and yours. as well, there are many who don't know their place within the relationship. my PLEA is that we--BLACK MEN--step up...regardless to what others are doing.

    THANKS FOR 'PRECIATING THE SAGA OF THE BLACK MAN FAILING.
     
  9. UbZoRbShUn

    UbZoRbShUn Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    oh I know that

    baller. No dobut that everything lies on the brotha, but come on now how a brotha gone make it without a strong sista to back him. If he fails then in some way she too has failed too. I just see it as a two fold thing to a certain degree. I ain't saying she has to take a lot of craziness but back a brotha you know.





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  10. alyce

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    I've been meditating on the wisdom

    of this piece, and the responses...

    Keep bringing the topics that serve to edify our people. I'm reading...

    thank you, baller!

    a
     
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