Black Poetry : Brotha2Brotha:Conversations at the Bus Stop

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  1. afrostotle

    afrostotle Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I'm sorry for the long piece...This stems from an altercation I had recently, when a young brotha of about 18 drew down on me and asked me if I wanted to live..and if so was it because I feared him as a man, or did I fear death...needless to say..I am still here...this is actually in large part what was said... The bold quotations reresent the actual back and forth. Be inspired..it is my aim..One love

    “What’s up Brotha…”
    “Ch-i-i-i-l no-harm no foul
    just saying how you do?”
    “No… I don’t know you.”
    “But… way back when…I used to.”


    See…Let me explain…I
    Don’t mean to be a know it all
    Or come off rude...and no…
    this is not some perverse reverse
    psychology game
    But Brother… Why the hostile mood?

    “Your not my brother?”

    Well…Forgive me I mean
    I…would call you by name but…
    ever since we were placed in chains
    and had them forcefully changed
    our proud history was erased and
    our destiny rearranged
    You would hope that…
    We’d be… coming together and
    getting wise…2-make things better
    while…re-establishing our
    indigenous Blood-Brotha-ties
    sad to say… we’ve become estranged
    So…So estranged
    So… So…

    “So what?”

    Brotha…not so what
    But so much… to the point that
    El- Hajj Malik El-Shabazz…and
    all the other shepherds of the past
    may have been slain in vain
    and I know this sounds crazy…
    Or… uh…insane…
    But-My ancestors didn’t die
    so we could be walking around
    robbing and stealing from one another
    nor are we meant to be stalking and
    killing each other Brotha
    It’s just that…we’ve been so
    adversely affected by slavery’s shame
    That… we’ve internalized the pain
    And now we punish each other…as if
    somehow…we‘re to blame

    “I understand…the streets are tough
    And the roads traveled by young Black Men
    are often troubled…bumpy… and rough
    But to tell me that…“tha man” made you
    creep on me sinister and stealth-like
    then snatch my life like a thief in the night…”

    JUST AINT GOOD ENOUGH!!!

    Our lack of knowledge of self
    And all this... risking our physical, and
    spiritual health to chase fleeting
    dreams of quick wealth
    has us so…delusional and deranged
    that… this thing…the street life… we
    so affectionately refer to as “tha game”
    has dimmed our spark- doused our flame
    leaving a darkness in our hearts causing
    us to carry out “The Curse of Kane”
    He to …killed his…
    I call you this…BROTHER…
    because I do… feel your pain…

    (BEEP)(BEEP)
    “Who’s that?”…
    “Your crew?... Nice Cadillac.”


    Oh…they got your back?
    You say-You they man-50grand…
    and ditto for you cause…you and
    your crew roll like true “street- fam…

    “Ride or Die?...Hmm…
    Sounds like true friends”


    Oh… Once again… my…
    apologies for the long wind
    But wait…please…Don’t Go!
    Just… a few-more- seconds
    I know
    I know
    I Know…Time is money, and
    For us ghetto folks… money is thin
    But have faith… don’t let your
    economic state influence self-hate
    and begin to chain you to this predicament you’re in…

    "Sure! You have a right to be fed up"

    Brotha…that’s the set-up… to keep
    You so broke with no hope and
    Relegated to trying to “get in, where
    you fit in”...that you actually believe
    your condition is a legitimate reason
    for you to sin…On no then?
    Tell me… why else would they
    Spend… three-times less money
    To educate you than they do
    locking you up in the pen?

    “Bull-isht you say…?”
    "You’re getting heated
    I’m in the way and
    You’re in a-hurry?"

    To-
    Do-
    What…?
    Perpetuate more…Black-on-Black-
    And inflict woes on those foes
    you call rival cats?
    I can picture it now…as they
    scamper-and- scurry…Scrambling
    towards cover from the foray of your
    full- metal-jacket-flurries?
    You attack…they attack…
    You control the corner for a few days…
    Next month…they take it right back…
    Just to make your pockets fat with
    the fruit from the labor of slinging a
    few crimson- stained crack sacks…
    But
    What
    Then?
    So…You think that…By…taking the life
    of another- some other young Brotha
    whose loved-one’s shouts and shrieks
    resembles the sound of your own
    grief-stricken- mother
    That this block… which just happens
    to be owned by Uncle Sam..who just
    also happens to owns the factory that
    makes the Glocks...will be yours to rule?

    "FOOL"

    Young-Blood…Don’t you know-
    NO-BODY wins?
    Because his boys…they’re also packing
    They may look like kids…but just
    like you-they live life fast and drastic…
    eager take their own rights of passage
    to become men…
    And then…
    Once they finish…mourning
    the loss of their Boss…
    the community inherits your debt…
    and innocent children…they…
    pay the cost in the end

    “No…I’m not trying to judge you”

    Just speaking because-I- care
    enough of you…Why Do I love you?
    Because I am you… I am yours
    As well… you are my…
    Despite our different last names
    When you hurt… inside-I too cry…
    Brother… I feel your pain

    So…Before you proceed
    with your-ruffled feathers
    Like those with whom you…
    so…blindly flock together
    Dashing off in desperation
    to make your plight better…
    I’m not saying don’t get yours
    Lord knows…after all you’ve
    been denied…you earned the right to
    I’m just worried that… without
    proper support or guidance
    there’s… no telling what your
    unfortified mind might do…
    or what act of senseless violence
    you’ll partake in just so your
    equally wayward clique will like You

    “So put away the gun”…

    I don’t care to fight you…
    Join me… whether it’s at
    a slow pace, steady jog
    or swift run..Come…I invite you…
    Let’s walk...Can we make it a date?
    Let’s talk- Dialogue… maybe conversate
    Together in Unity…let us contemplate
    Perhaps- share our ideologies while
    philosophizing about…how to change
    the direction of our life’s course
    Yes! Let’s…Us…you and me and we
    Express… Our Community empowerment
    strategies back and forth…
    Let’s Shake…No, let’s embrace on it…

    "Oh...for what its worth...
    When i called you my…
    I was just my way
    of saying...I don’t want-
    another one of us to die"


    I apologize for calling you Kane…
    You know…He to killed his…
    I call you this… My Brother…
    Because…I want you to know
    "I… feel …your …pain”
    Penned by Afrostotle Turr`e
     
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    This here is just the truth my brother and I am feeling your conflict wthin the lines. You did a great job here my brother. The shame is there are 2 many situations going on like this going on every day everywhere around the world.
     
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    this was posed so well as always
    i am feeling you on this
    very nice scribe
    thanks for sharing with us....Angel
     
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    Peace and Blessings:}

    Ya Know Sista...I just got very agitated with all the Media focus on Bill Cosby's "Message for Black Folkes"....While I agree we need to hear the truth...I also have a sense of compassion for those who have been mis-educated...Thanks for tha Love
     
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    Afrostotle...An Epic

    Sure! You have a right to be fed up"

    Brotha…that’s the set-up… to keep
    You so broke with no hope and
    Relegated to trying to “get in, where
    you fit in”...that you actually believe
    your condition is a legitimate reason
    for you to sin…On no then?
    Tell me… why else would they
    Spend… three-times less money
    To educate you than they do
    locking you up in the pen?

    :teach:
     
  6. afrostotle

    afrostotle Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    1Poetsought...Thanks and Praise.....Not trying to tell anyone how to help out...But to some of the "so-called" Black Leaders, whom like to appear on major news stations..None of which have "EVER" done an ethical Job of portraying us as it relates to Social Justice: Are you speaking for, to, or about...Black America?
    One Love
     
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    im diggin dis one... stick ups run in my family.. happened to my bro and my moms.. i gues sim next ..huh.lol.. buts sad but a true picture that u painted .. thanks for sharin brotha
     
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    Daroc....I guess I'm a fool, because I am to hell-bent on trying to appeal to my brotha's kindred spirit...that I sometimes come off as arrogant...I'm not!

    I just love my people...and to hurt another...is to forsake your brotha...to forsake your brother...is to break a sacred covenant..........One
     
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    yo afrostotle ur def not a fool... and i hope thats not wat i made u think... i loved this peices... jus was tryin to say its sad it happens so often.. and im so happy to kno i can add another brotha to the list that appreicaites his peoole... that y i love this place
     
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    Sho Nuff...that wasn't aimed at you Poet.....
    One Love on the Duet for realz tho.................Peace, Power, and Prosperity
     
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