Black Poetry : Dying For Love

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  1. Goddess Auset333

    Goddess Auset333 Banned MEMBER

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    I have Written permission from Letitia L. Hodge, from mYspace.com to post the below on Destee.

    Subject: RE: May I post your poem on www.destee.com?
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    From: Goddess IsIs
    Date: 17/05/2007

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    Dying For Love

    Written by Letitia L. Hodge

    From the book “Shadows of Love: Inside the H’Art of a Poet”

    © Copyright 2005


    Too many of my Sistas are winding up dead

    because they allow smooth-talking bruthas

    to mess with their head!



    Why should another Sistah, full of promise,

    have to die because a man lied about his sexual

    preference to shield his male pride?



    On an endless quest for love and affection,

    My Sistahs are neglecting themselves when they

    don’t insist on using protection.



    What many consider just a “casual date” often turns

    deadly due to poor judgment and careless mistakes.



    They say “you shouldn’t hate the playa, instead

    you should hate the game,” To me, a person

    who treats love and sex as a sport

    is cruel and inhumane.



    Why would anyone play a game based on treachery and deceit

    where the playground is a dark world that encourages

    people to lie and cheat?



    Is the winner the one who manages to escape the grip of

    death or the one who remains true to the

    game until he takes his last breath?



    You can’t expect a relationship to thrive without honesty and trust.

    We’re no better than animals when we throw caution to the wind

    to feast on self-indulgence and lust.



    Whether you’re a wife, a girlfriend or somebody’s “boo,”

    Don’t place your welfare in the hands of a man when

    that responsibility belongs to You.



    My life is too precious, therefore, I choose to abstain,

    rather than offer my body as a pawn

    in such a sick and foolish game!



    You may want a brutha to romance and surprise

    you with gifts fit for a queen. But he may surprise you

    with an all-expense-paid trip to the

    free clinic with an STD.



    Some Sistahs need to stop convincing themselves

    that AIDS is no big deal. It’s too late when death

    knocks at your door to admit

    this disease is for real!



    My Sistah, the consequences of your life are

    determined by the choices you make.

    Don’t be captured by a dangerous

    game that places both your life

    and health at stake!

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  2. watzinaname

    watzinaname Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I can understand why you'd want to post this piece, such a strong message, powerfully posed.
    When posting an entire work from someone else, after requesting written permission, you need to include that written permission in your post before sharing the work with us.
    Please refer to our Forum Rules http://destee.com/forums/showthread.php?t=8084 regarding this. Thank you.
     
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    Tha-Emissary Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I felt the message's truth and Yes we do need to stop playing games when it comes to sin. Sin always keeps you longer than you intended to stay and cost you more than you intened to spend. This piece just tells it like it is. I enjoyed the message.
     
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    Many of us don't stop to think that, Death is ...Forever. I've witness deaths right in front of my face. We must keep in mind that:
    "Death looks real good, if death looked like death, who'd go near it?"
     
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    watzinaname Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Thank you Goddess Auset for your prompt response to my request. Much appreciated sister. :)
     
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