Black Poetry : FreeDom Day (prepping for juneteenth celebrations)

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  1. baller

    baller Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Freedom Day…
    (June 19th, 1865)

    Juneteenth
    A fusion of June and nineteenth
    Honoring the emancipation proclamation pronouncement
    Announcing the independence
    Of the
    African

    ~ And you laugh, again

    …They liberated the physical body plane
    But the soul was never enslaved
    Could not wait to bathe away
    The stench of captivity

    Still…we weren’t free

    Racism and hatred kept dogging me
    The tyranny of jim crow’s bigotry
    Became a hindrance to me
    And “they said” laws kept us dungeonized
    ‘Til we cried a cleansing potion
    And an ocean of sorrow h.e.a.v.e.d up its shame

    Tomorrow isn’t promised

    But yesterday’s grief
    Won’t let me do a quick release
    From ALL the pain I’ve gained


    The emancipation proclamation set us free
    YES
    BUT…NOTHING changed

    The emancipation proclamation said nothing ‘bout
    Race relations
    Or the relative equation
    That defines justice
    For this BARBARIC NATION

    “Nobody knows…the trouble I…”

    The proclamation was underrated

    We traded BARBS for INSULTS

    They claimed it was overstated

    We debated inalienable rights
    And the freedoms of others
    Those with LESS PALE in their skin color
    Like Hispanics and bruthaz
    Native Americans…and others
    ‘Til another
    Pointed out the error of their ways

    JULY 4TH ISN’T MINE

    July 4th isn’t mine

    July 4th is not my time to shine
    The light of justice on an unjust society
    Trying, still, to deny equal rights to ME

    July 4th is a national holiday
    ‘Bout the celebration of a nation
    Of frustrated aliens

    But they call it freedom

    A celebration

    Yes…July 4th is a holiday

    ~ I’m sorry…I was raised that way

    Celebrating the birth of a nation
    Is a joyous occasion
    But that’s not the occasion I seek

    (‘tis my turn to speak)

    Hear me.

    They ran up and down crowded streets
    Screaming
    We’s free (of oppression)
    We’s free (of taxation)
    We’s free

    But they weren’t talking ‘bout us
    …Didn’t say nothing ‘bout me

    (and the soldiers of injustice kept marching on)

    Juneteenth is my celebration

    Juneteenth is my celebration

    Juneteenth is the celebration
    Of the freedom of the African-American nation
    Inside that o.t.h.e.r nation

    ~ Do you understand the equation?

    On June 19th, 1865…they set my people free
    Acknowledging the worth of y.o.u and m.e

    I stand free

    Ready to aide my father’s brethren
    …to raise my brother’s children
    To look beyond the condition of my fallen station
    Coz this nation journeys on

    Not only the blood of the strong (fuel these engines)
    But that of the weak and the afflicted
    The cruel and the gifted
    The lifted…as well as the fallen
    It’s ALL in the position of your viewing

    The emancipation proclamation
    Declared the African
    An emancipated people

    ~ But f.r.e.e don’t mean e.q.u.a.l

    Stolen from our native land
    Where “In God ‘we’ stand,”
    Meant more than the white man

    Unjustly enslaved
    And made to brave (their barbarous ways)

    Free

    Unencumbered by the color of my skin
    Not subdued by the hands of man

    I tend this land

    Not because of “massa’s needs”
    But because I please

    I’s free

    But am I free to be
    The man spoke of when He made me
    (In His image)

    I scrimmage

    Not for personal gain
    But to sustain the meager position our ancestors cried for
    Struggled daily and died for
    That ALL her children might know one another
    …That the black man and white man
    (Both descending from Adam)
    Might call each other…brother

    A moment of solitude…and gratitude
    For the hardships we’ve gone through
    Was all the payment they offered you
    Couldn’t stand you
    That’s why they enslaved you

    Now…they crave to be you
    Thick lips and wide hips
    They adore you
    Where they once abhorred you

    Still…**** ain’t equal

    And the gains they made
    On your forefather’s name
    And their aim to exploit you
    While you’re just trying to be…true

    I KNOW

    July 4th is a national holiday
    But Juneteenth is my day

    SPEAK TRUTH


    ….We’re partying in the streets
    Coz it’s a festive occasion


    ~ May I have this dance?​
     
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    cherryblossom Banned MEMBER

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    Baller, you just made Toussaint, Denmark, Nat, Cato, Gabriel and me all very proud!
     
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    baller Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    then, i salute you...

    ...for it is with knowledge of US that allowed that statement. THANK YOU.

    the river floweth
     
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    $$RICH$$ Lyon King Admin. STAFF

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    Relating for that day is indeed my freedom and celebration day man you pen history
    so many un-aware of.......I bow and salute you
     
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    baller Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    WE ALL...

    ...need to understand the importance of Juneteenth to our people. it's probably THEE most important time in our history...although the actual signing took place nearly three years previous, it was that announcement on GALVESTON BAY that signaled to the world our day of freedom.

    the river floweth
     
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    Raising my Fist in solidarity. Chest out with Pride.
    I am so awed by this piece and proud of you for writing it.
    It is always humbling when the realization of our freedom that
    we so easily take for granted is put in our face.
    When we look back on our History. You Have told just a snippet of
    Our story. But what a great part to tell!
    WIth Love and appreciation I applaude you!
     
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    phynxofkemet Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I thought I had posted

    my reply to your incredibly powerful piece! You delivered this message so eloquently, and I personally adore not just the words, but the style that in which it is posted. Brilliant piece brother, brilliant.

    I've come to overstand that it is not enough to take away the system of indoctrination alone - one must replace those beliefs with a wholistic mentality - take away the cancer of racism and heal with the anti-dote of Ma'at.

    :bowdown::bowdown::bowdown:

    Thank-you for sharing this profound insight. I've noticed that your work is under copyright, but I hope to see this re-posted often. Check out sister TTTC's social network Racism non-anonymous.
    http://rnanetwork.ning.com/
     
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    cherryblossom Banned MEMBER

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    You are most welcomed. I enjoyed how you presented this.

    I lived in Texas for some years. I've been from Houston to Austin to San Antonio/San Marcos to Dallas to Jasper to Tenaha/Garrison/Center to Nacogdoches to Tyler, etc.. So, I'm quite familiar with the holiday and its history.

    Other southern states also recognize it but because its origin lie in Texas, it's a STATE HOLIDAY there.

    If I were there this year, I'd be at the parade and the park with a smoked turkey leg in my hand! LOL!

    Again, you spoke some history up in here, brother.

    Are you from TX? If so, I know you've heard this before especially if you play dominoes:

    "Tenaha, Timpson, Bobo and Blair...unless you been there, you aint been nowhere!" LOL!

    But, everyone of those towns aint nowhere to go! LOL!
     
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    May you have this dance, with me??
    will it be a dance ....to set us free?

    Or will it be a dance, to give us some hope?
    or the same old ones to tighten that rope?

    cause ....

    I never learned how to do the "Be Free Strut",
    But I could "Tap Dance" to the chains they put on us.

    I'm talking about the ones they put on our mind ....
    yet even wrapped in these chains, we're still deemed 'Divine.

    Yes....

    You may have this dance with me,
    at least for a moment, we'll pretend to be free.​
     
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    cherryblossom Banned MEMBER

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    Ut-oh! Queentswana up in here choreographing a new step and singing a new song!


    :bowdown:
     
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