Black Poetry : Chameleon

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  1. klabarron

    klabarron Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    What is the madness?
    Why does this socially forced folly exist?
    Why is it a precipitous duality reigns in my soul?
    The three-piece suit promotes the boardroom façade.
    If I suited my black leather you dismiss me from the room.
    My hair I permed, and even cut it off.
    If I appeared with my Afro,
    I’d be reduced to serving your coffee.
    Enunciate. Pronounce. I am well-versed and well read.
    But I’d be ignorant if I switched
    Catcher and Rye for Rosewood.
    Bach, Tchaikovsky, Candid, the bassoon.
    If I groove to Marvin Gay, I am uncultured and crude.
    Shakespeare, The Classics, A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream.
    If I know more of you and less me,
    I’m accepted, or so it seems.
    If I want success, my color I must change.
    A forced assimilation to this world;
    Integrated, yet Caucasian framed.
    I can’t be too black. I must be mostly white.
    I must live on the right side of town.
    If my color I must deny; my heritage I cannot claim.
    I now question your success, your adulation and your fame.
    The Chameleons cry from a self-realized soul…

    "I am a Black Man ‘til the day I die!"


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    Excerpts from "A Winter's Soulstice". Copyright 2001.
     
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    hi-wa Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    bruh...

    i feel u 200%. this realization is all too true. thanx finally.
     
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    WoW.....

    Klabarron, this is excellent
    the many faces of a black man
    to fit in the corporate profession....excellent piece!


    Epiphany :heart:
     
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    Klabarron

    You have laid out what is the black man's reality in this world.....I can not understand why or how some white/black people can say it is our, yours and my imagination, this isn't going on nowadays. Thank you for sharing.

    Madd Holiday Greetings :heart:
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  5. klabarron

    klabarron Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    MUCH LOVE FAM. THANKS.
     
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    My brotha, My brotha

    this is simply AWESOME!

    "Chameleons" have a dual curse upon them....no real honor or respect in either world....and worst of all, a distorted view of self.

    thank you for bringing this!

    a
     
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    Da Street So'ja Banned MEMBER

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    tale of the black man
    well done


    DSSNY
     
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    This is a very important piece.Black Man and Black Woman never forget who you are and where you come from.:heart:
     
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    this shows..

    the real depth of some people in this world....

    who look upon others with their unrealistic ideas of what the other is supposed to look like/act like/be like....while never looking in the mirror and being honest about what is reflected back....

    a thoughtful piece that speaks truth...

    k
     
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    klabarron Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    much love FAM. its a reality. cold but true. thks for feelin' me...
     
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