Black Poetry : I Am…. (derived from Anne Waldman’s Fast Speaking Woman)

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  1. DigginThaShyne

    DigginThaShyne Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    from A Tarheel Poet's master series

    I am a man who happens to be a poet…
    I am a poet, who is also a man…
    I am a poet, loud and proud,
    grounds below creaking from my poet-speakings,
    I’d like to think I’m profound,
    call me brave, and I’ll just say that I’m honest,
    I am a poet….do all poets tell the truth?
    not the Truth, that breathing being
    that no one seems to ever find,
    but we tell our truths….which are outright truths,
    prescribed to make sense of a lifetime of lies

    see, me—

    I am a listening man,
    I am the unhearing man,
    I am a different man,
    I am a common man,
    I am a depressing man,
    I am a spirited man,
    I am the man who things he has the answers,
    I am the man the questions fly right by,
    I am a ‘live just to live’ man,
    I am a man, who’ll eventually die,
    I am an invisible man,
    I am a carefree man,
    I am a stressed man,
    I am a stressing man,
    I am a midnight man,
    I am the midnight man,

    I AM A RED LIGHT MAN (BUT WILL I STOP?)
    I AM A GREEN LIGHT MAN (BUT WHERE AM I GOING?)
    I AM A YELLOW LIGHT MAN (STUCK SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN)

    I am the voice of the curiously abandoned…
    understanding has left us on standby

    I am moonlight meandering, mindlessly,
    I am the promise of one generation,
    I am also the rage of another,
    I am life, embodied, thriving,
    I am death, taking its time,

    I am the wounded man, still standing,
    I am insanity losing its mind,
    I am dreams of hope, spiraling out nightmares
    content with just making it by,
    I am the dictator of my life,
    I am the voice of my people,
    screaming, yelling,

    I CAN, I CAN, I CAN

    OR CAN I?

    and what is it that I want done?

    I am the confused man,
    I am the abused man,
    misused, I left myself idle,
    thinking it was the best way I could heal,
    I am another chance,
    I am the last chance….or maybe I am a new beginning,
    I am the man, inscribing himself,
    I am the man, describing himself,
    I am the man, surviving himself…
    I am the man that I am
    and ultimately
    I am a poet
     
  2. sarcasm4eva

    sarcasm4eva Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    u r..........bangin.........tight a$% poem.keep flowin...much love..... :)
     
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    You are indeed a man of all characters. lol Loved it
     
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    $$RICH$$ Lyon King Admin. STAFF

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    yessssssssssss! speak on poet that u r
    talk to me as man u be
    flow head on
     
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    I AM LOVING THIS. I AM TRULY TRULY LOVING THIS. THIS WAS B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L.
     
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