Black Poetry : HOW MANY

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  1. garlicsalt99

    garlicsalt99 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    HOW MANY

    How many sons must a mother lose to gang violence
    And be greeted by the deafening absence of their sons’ silence
    Hopes and dreams just gone … just like smoke in the wind
    Potential cut abruptly sort … a life brought to a tragic end
    How any times must a mother cry and her cheeks be dabbed
    After hearing that her son has just been beaten, shot, or stabbed
    And sob uncontrollably with a flood of tears, along with overwhelming grief
    With nothing that can be said to bring immediate comfort or relief
    How many funerals must a mother attend
    Of sons whose lives are no longer, and are left with hearts that rend
    Having to deal with heavy feelings that aren’t at a loss or a lack
    Faced with a very certain reality that their son isn’t coming back
    How many mothers must comfort other mothers experiencing what they’ve been through
    And tell of the dark places in the emotional abyss that they’ve been to
    Forging themselves into a sister-hood with a bond – a soulful alliance
    Calling, in one voice, for the end to the violence

    How many parents must surrender to the wayward vagrancy
    Of their daughters falling victim to teenage pregnancy
    Tainted by a flawed perception of love that doesn’t quite keep pace -
    With reality, and later becomes a slap in the face
    How many mothers must become grandmothers sooner than they need to be
    Particularly those with the mentality of their daughters, are they really free to see -
    That they are perpetuating a cycle of irresponsible behavior
    Placing blame every where except where it counts – yet they long for a savior
    How many daughters become ‘baby mommas’ and are relegated to be such
    All because the men who helped make the babies don’t think of them as being much -
    Much more than just a good time and an instrument of sexual gratification
    An object to be used for the purpose of concupiscent satiation
    How many young girls must go about confusing love for sex
    Later to find that the man with whom she’s been consorting with is now her ex
    A man with the mind of a boy for whom at one time she had nothing but praise
    Who has left her with a child who she knows not how to raise

    How many parents must lose their children to a self-fulfilling prediction
    Of their son or daughter falling prey to drug addiction
    An affliction that retards development with euphoric feelings that are rife
    In more than most cases it’s a distraction to ones purpose in life
    How many parents make concerted efforts and attempt to delve -
    Into conversations discouraging drug use, while being addicted themselves
    Touting the ‘do as I say, not as I do’ mantra and chants
    As well intentioned as that is … most sons and daughters just can’t
    They can’t resolve in their minds something so seemingly hypocritical
    A message that has an air of the ecclesiastical and levitical
    Not realizing that there’s a warning in the message that is poignant and pivotal
    Pointing to an outcome, that for most is certain and unequivocal
    How many parents must watch the futures of their children take a turn
    And look on helplessly as the children decide to learn -
    The hard way that a stay makes a hard lay and a hard play
    There is no rest for the weary, and the dreary have a hard say

    How many times must “How did I fail my children” be a clarion call
    Provided parents even care to ask the question at all
    Question of disappointment and regret that linger on in the mind
    With feelings of self pity that are more calloused than kind
    Weary is the spirit and heavy is the brow
    How many parents said “If I know knew then what I know now”
    Would their children be better off if they could do it all over again
    Or would they go down the same paths and repeat the same sins
    How many lives must be adversely affected for lack of being adherent
    Because of the reaping of the transgressions of the children, and the parents
    For present conveniences that bring future wailings, and woe
    For failing to train their children in the ways that they should go
    Is there redemption for the parents and children … will there be veneration
    Or must we look for redemption in another generation
    Is there atonement ... however little … if any
    If not, well be stuck with asking the question of “how many”

    Written by: Charles
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    Questions asked daily yet not answered as our children / youth continue to fall prey
    to the over shadow of death and addiction of drugs even pregnancy as we have and
    been doing is teaching still somehow so many get lost in the mist of life's circle.

    This post hit home and really open my mind as well my eyes as i envision the many lost
    the pain i heard in cries and the overdose of drug addiction that rapidly on da rise
    against our children

    wow what a brain buster and wake up call
     
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    WOW...

    ...how many, indeed. you've touched on so many NEGATIVE facets of this diverse community...in which our children have gone astray...and parents aren't parents, today...and everyday sees another mother guessing...and stressing over the lifestyle their children are choosing. while, everyday, the count is rising...for the lives they're losing.

    how many parents have to watch this play out
    when the end results are never in doubt
    the addictions
    the afflictions
    and the single-parent homes
    little child wonder...left all alone

    how many?

    I WON'T SAY THAT THIS IS THE BEST PIECE I'VE EVER READ, OF YOURS, GS. I WILL SAY THAT IT'S DEFINITELY AT THE TOP OF THE PILE.

    and the river floweth.
     
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    :bowdown::bowdown: Whew... Gee, what to say to this? You have written so intensely on issues that more than make us wanna holla... Looking for answers, we sometimes still come up wanting. In the case of being a parent, being truly responsible is much more than a notion. You've given us much to digest poet, and I appreciate how you poetically flowed truth. Whew...
     
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    a painful view...

    from your poetic lens of plagues the kill and cripple our youth.

    A heartfelt piece


    feelin'itsouldeep!
    Coco
     
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    Excellent write, Garlicsalt

    Parenting can be a challenge, but we bring these precious little lives into
    this world and we owe it to them and ourselves to instill in them the keys to survive.
    To love and respect your brother. Some have dropped the ball in teaching....

    To be your brother's keeper."

    To respect & honor

    and most importantly...to love.



    epiphany :heart:
     
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    :bowdown: "Maat" always sits in the front row :bowdown:
    very painful, but ...very much true.
     
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