Black Poetry : Breath of My Ancestors

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  1. 7thPoet

    7thPoet Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Breath of My Ancestors (The Hurricane)

    This is hurricane season. There are presently 2 hurricanes threatening the shores of Amerika. I offer everyone of you here that since all hurricanes get started off the shores of Afrika, and all hurricanes usually come off the Atlantic ocean, take the same root as the slave trade and slam primarily into the southern states of America; for these reasons and many more I submit that hurricanes are the "Breath of My Ancestors"

    “Breath of My Ancestors”
    (The Hurricane)

    There’s this truth must be told
    its force can’t be contained
    about the history
    and the mystery
    in the rage of hurricanes
    For you must know the reasons
    why the gale force winds do blow
    and disburse their vicious vengeance
    on southeastern States below
    You see the bodies of my people
    through the Middle Passage came
    as cargo in slave ships
    so a beast could lay quitclaim
    Their limbs were battered and broken
    by a heathen with no shame
    who stole us from our homes
    then promptly changed our names
    But now the laws of cause and effect
    so appropriately germane
    come collecting unpaid taxes
    in the form of hurricanes
    You thought our spirits were beaten
    you thought our spirits were tamed
    but instead of us defeatin’
    God’s temper you inflamed
    Now retribution comes to visit
    on the winds of hurricanes
    Storm clouds gather over Africa
    full of slavery’s suffering and pain
    They marshal their momentum
    full of vengeful hard black rain
    dead-set upon America
    as if possessed, insane
    And since all those cries for mercy
    fell on deaf ears in vain
    you must feel the wrath
    and the fury of hurricanes
    For the girls you stole from Senegal
    and the boys from the Ivory Coast
    the spirit of their ancestors
    haunt Carolinians most
    cause of all the slave-ship harbors
    in the many ports of call
    Yours were the most insidious
    the evilest of them all
    and for all you island dwellers
    to whom this verse pertains
    your shores made shelter for sellers
    of human beings in chains
    thus the Breath of My Ancestors
    forge a spiritual weather vane
    that plots a course of sorrow
    via the gale of hurricanes
    In cargo holes
    you laid 80 million souls
    like spoons in kitchen cabinets
    but now the winds blow down
    your trailer towns
    leaving tents to pitch
    and maggots
    and the law of just requital
    extracting its just do
    says you must pay
    for the games you play
    Virginia and Florida too
    So, if the next gale wind you hear
    evokes real fear
    and the terror seems inhumane,
    it’s just the Breath of My Ancestors
    in the spirit of the hurricane

    RECOGNIZE!
     
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    $$RICH$$ Lyon King Admin. STAFF

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    i see , i see and recognize
    tyte wisdom drop here love it
     
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    MzBlkAngel Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I lovethe wisdom you share!!!!

    This was a tight read...i enjoyed it and i love it when you read it on the mic...
    so for those that aint heard this scribe on mic come join us sometimes friday night is POETRY THROW DOWN!!!...www.destee.com/chat

    BUT I DO SO LOVE THIS PIECE I THINK ITS MY FAV OF YOURS.... :D

    Peace
    Angel
     
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    You don't have to tell me twice about the hurricanes of our ancestors (life)...for surely I am aware that they speak with force. and as always, you reap what you sow...
    this was an excellent piece, and I got much pleasure from reading it, thanks for that.
     
  5. 7thPoet

    7thPoet Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Thanks Rich, its real...

    Thanks MBA...its been rainin' here for 2 days str8t...

    Thanks for the love Queen...we cannot be stopped...
     
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    No choice but to recognize here...I loved the concept and the way you weaved this thought provoking tapestry. Wonderful, poet.
     
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    Oooooh!
    This the one you read in
    chat one night!!!

    Sent me to bed like Yeahhhhh!!!!
    I just couldn't stop smiling!!!!!

    I loved this scribe!!!!
    Thanks for posting it!!!!!!
     
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    I love hearing this peace
    and I love reading it...
    Truly a
    ~ Divine Inspiration ~
    just plain Brilliant...​


    ooooooooooooo
     
  9. PropheticNsyght

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    Ooooh you know you need to quit right? That was just too beautiful!!!!!!!! I can really dig this!
     
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    Once again, I'm floored. Phenomenal and thought-provoking piece, 7th. Much love to you, brothah.
     
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