Black Poetry : Family

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  1. Amun-Ra

    Amun-Ra Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Family is on my mind this day.
    Am I remiss in strengthening family ties?
    Unstable in showing my true character? Dismissive?
    Family requires selflessness, the removal of “I”
    and an unambiguous understanding of “we.”
    Yet, families are the most curious of things,
    they continually expand and contract and
    at any moment, families are on the verge
    of falling apart or coming together.

    Families have unselfish love as a mother for her children,
    a sister for a brother or a father for his sons and daughters.
    It is selfless, it requires no reciprocal feeling.
    We love just because we are family and
    with experience, knowledge and age, we understand
    there is little in life worth keeping except our families.

    Families fight, scrap and, most of all love,
    because they are families, but in families,
    feelings are sometimes hurt,
    old wounds often have salt poured in them,
    forgetting that all are subject to the petty thinking
    and narrow-mindedness of being people stirring
    the continual expansion and contraction of family.

    Pride girds us for what is right, for what we believe to be true,
    but smugness can be a roadblock to forgiveness and understanding,
    blinding our eyes to what is true for the sake of our pride.
    What judges are we that we might banish or invite family?

    A family divided by choice is a mob, uncentered in its thinking,
    leaves falling from the tree and blowing desperately in the wind.
    From Africa, mothers, fathers and children
    knew the agony of physical family division,
    but when families disintegrate because of differences
    of opinion, life styles or even beliefs, there is no family, only ego.

    We have little time. How much? No one knows,
    but to leave with family in disarray, divided and partitioned
    is a failure of personal character and failure of love.

    Families expand and contract,
    but they are always family.
    I am glad that I have family.
    I am glad that my family has me.
    I will hold no animosity because—it’s all family
    and when it comes to family—that’s all that matters.
     
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    loving this piece Ra... as I look at my own family and value each member still among us....and the love, above all, is present and accounted for....my soul is moved by all you've said, and especially this:

    "Families expand and contract,
    but they are always family.
    I am glad that I have family.
    I am glad that my family has me.
    I will hold no animosity because—it’s all family
    and when it comes to family—that’s all that matters."


    Speak to me early and often, Poet.

    Thank you

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  3. Amun-Ra

    Amun-Ra Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    You Know Why

    I have yet to talk live with you, but I will as soon as I break away from all of this bull--sometimes things are tough and there is not much we can do about them, but family pulls us through, inlcuding our Destee/Afronet family--Ra
     
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    Heartbeat Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    A very powerful piece Ra. I've never known the strength and love of a large family...but as you so skillfully stated...familyu is family. Thank you for this

    BE
     
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    Amun Ra....

    Your poems have such wisdom and insight.........it awakens my
    my creative juices when I read them......The Family is a integral part of our being.......when it is in chaos, our inner being is such also..........

    Epiphany:heart:
     
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    Thanks for the kind words--I mean it about family--we often forget that there really isn't much of value in this world and while we are chasing rainbows and tilting at windmills. there is a family someplace who supports through thick and thin--thanks for responding--Ra

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    FAMILY BOND

    IS ALL SOME HAVE
    AND FEW EVEN KNOW
    MAN I LOVE MY FAMILY
    AND EVEN HERE MY POETIC FAMILY I LOVE SO
    I FEEL YA Ra..............DAYUMMM DO I EVER:heart:
     
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    Amun-Ra Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Family is all we have and it takes a mighty effort to keep that family together--Ra

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    UbZoRbShUn Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Ra

    so true. I appreciate my real family, and I also appreciate the extended family I have here in each and every one of you guys. Ra this was on point as usual



    One:heart:
     
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    Amun-Ra,

    GOD and family are the
    only true things in this
    world. I loved it.
    :eek:
     
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