Black Poetry : I Am Black Chicago

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  1. OldSoul

    OldSoul Permanent Black Man PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I am Black Chicago

    Born on the southside
    Flavored with the west-side
    Footprints on the north side
    A Provident baby
    Delivered by dr steptoe
    Went to school in a willis wagon
    And 6 or 7 elementary schools
    From shoop to burnside to lewis-champlain
    Hung out at the YMCA
    Learned to shoot pool at the BBF
    Got fifty-leven cousins all over Chi-town
    Some of them were the true OGB’s
    (original gang-bangers, back in the day)
    growing up Black in Chicago
    I know what it meant
    To get out of cicero before dark
    To get off the ‘L’ downtown
    And have the po-leece jack you up
    I remember when we couldn’t go to
    Marshall Field’s, Carson Pirie Scott or Sears & Roebuck
    I laughed my troubles away at Riverview
    (way before Go Cart Land & Fun Town)
    listened to the poets and drummers
    as they Pointed to the Afro-Arts
    before there was Earth, Wind and Fire
    there was Artistic Heritage Ensemble
    when Amazon and Hiddekel were learning how to braid
    when Darlene Blackburn was just starting to dance
    when OBASI came on the scene
    when the Bud Billiken Parade was Black folks
    (and mickey mouse wouldn’t be caught dead in washington park)
    and blue lights in the basement quarter parties
    is where I first learned how to ‘grind’
    and got fonky with james brown’s ‘cold sweat’
    drinking white port and kool-aid
    smokin reefer and doo-whoppin under the viaduct
    going to lem’s for some tips at 2AM
    and throwing up at 4
    being ‘gouster’ or ‘ivy league’
    working at 63rd and halsted
    sneaking in the show
    puttin’ balloons on the spokes of our bikes
    and riding up and down the ramps
    of the dan ryan before it opened
    seeing the 5 stairsteps beat the jackson 5
    at the regal theatre talent shows
    ditching classes by hiding out in the oldest parts
    of the ‘castle’ of englewood

    I am Black Chicago
    Where soul train started
    Where chaka kanye west come from
    Where quincy jones sat at the feet of the elders
    In Bronzeville’s international music colleges
    Where you can jet to ebony to defend her
    Who walks around all day with nothing on but
    w-v-o-n
    the voice of the negro/nation
    gwen brooks sprang from the breast of us
    harold washington spoke to the best in us
    the policy kings organized the rest of us
    and the mobs have truly tested us
    tried to turn our heroes into dust to dust
    stole our history-left us pixie dust
    but they never really busted us
    where every other brother is a reverend or a pastor
    and there’s almost one church for almost every child
    where we used to own the vote
    where we used to hold the note
    where we used to sail our boat
    where we put fur to coat
    I am Black Chicago
    Africa was my mother
    DuSable was my father
    I have family all over america
    And you may even be kin to me
    This is where Charlie chewed
    Where Nat Cole kinged
    Where Joe Louis scronched
    Where Lena horned and Billie holidaid
    Where Ernie banked
    Where Oscar browned
    Where Jerry butlered
    Where the Duke was earled
    Where Yvonne danieled
    And the Chi-Lites seen her
    Where engle wooded
    Where princeton parked
    Where chester fielded
    Where rose landed
    Where cottage groved
    Where altgeld gardened
    Where spooks sit by the door
    And Pervis don’t want to talk to no mens
    I am Black Chicago
    From the lakefront all the way to ford city
    From heavenston down to cal city
    From maywood to blue island
    That’s me in gary and over in k-town
    This is where freedom rang
    When Mahalia sang
    Where GoodFellows clubbed
    And schoolteachers subbed
    Where thousands have passed thru the cook county jail
    And the almighty hawk’s told many a tale
    Where Dr Margaret told us children we were Black
    And carried a whole museum on her back
    I’m the projects and the globetrotters
    I’m baptist and catholic and santified
    And the Nation of Islam
    I am the center of Chicago
    And the soul of your life
    I am Black Chicago

    (to be continued)
    --OldSoul©2006
     
  2. 4EVERLUV

    4EVERLUV Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    This is a FABULOUS write. I read this on $$RICH$$'S birthday post and it moved my soul, Oldsoul .
    Much Luv
     
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    $$RICH$$ Lyon King Admin. STAFF

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    see i know every thing u speak
    how me being black chicago
    had me weak from momma's kitchen
    to best soulfood joint on the southside
    out west best Q finger licking good
    to the pushers down in da hood
    i remember the days and felt the maze
    from da beat this all playz yep
    indeed ya black chicago.....................
     
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    Wow... There are some things in this scribe I recognize, others that I'd have to have been to Chicago to know. But this was so firmly ingrained with culture and warmth, anyone can find a piece of home within it. As you would say, this piece was, outstanding.
     
  5. cursed heart

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    This is one of the best pieces I have read here.
    This is a masterpiece!:terrific: :terrific: :terrific: :terrific: :terrific:
     
  6. soulful2006

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    this is a wonderous work indeed the thing that makes a city great is the people that embody its essence and the Chi is all over you.
     
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    Your words move me to want to change my hometown. LOL. Just kidding I will be a native new yorker to the day I die. No matter where i reside. Excllent work. :welldone:
     
  8. OldSoul

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    Brother OldSoul

    I'm your neighbor over here in Gary, and I really, really, enjoyed this peice. I recognized so much of what you identified with. I am looking forward to the continuation of this peice. Very nice work.

    Your sista
    Remby
     
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