Black Poetry : I am the try state Written by: Bishop and Exodus Williams

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  1. OmoObatala

    OmoObatala Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I am the new thing
    in front that you want
    to
    Touch and smell
    I am the try state
    The band new rope
    And the shoeshine down the block

    I am the backbone of the try state
    The revelation of the unforgiving
    I am the state of absolute
    The state of nothing
    I was on a plane and saw a girl get searched
    "Randomly", cause she was the spear head of the
    Try state. Wrapped in honesty,
    She allowed the random search of her, never blinking eye
    Never blinking an eye or saying a foul word
    I am the try state the,
    State where you are tried
    before convicted
    Hung before you’ve
    committed the crime
    I am the try state where a mans property
    Has no value
    Where the color of his skin has more value than the words in his soul
    I am the incomplete sentence.
    The fragment in time
    I am the try state
    The state of trying something new and different
    I want to have my freedom can you give it to me
    I am the try state the state that tried me
    Made me cross the world to put me on the auction block
    I am the try state, the state that does not allow or will not allow:
    The dependence of the indentured slave
    The freedom of the holy man
    The enslavement of ….of…. of “they” and “we”
    The try state
    The no name state
    The lost state
    The wrong state
    The try state of being
    I saw a man standing on a street corner with a sign that read
    “Will work for FREEDOM” if you pay me slave wages
    I am the new thing in front that you want to
    Touch and smell
    I am the try state
    The band new rope
    And the shoeshine down the block
    I am the turtle neck the
    Rocking chair
    The double barrel
    Shotgun
    I am the try state…

    The cry in the night
    Raped
    Over and over again
    Yet no one hears
    I am the Try State
    Tortured
    To live in a the land of the free
    Yet never knowing what freedom is
    I am the Try State
    The mother forced to raise the seed
    Of a man who has the spirit of Houdini
    Scratching doing whatever she can
    To feed her babies
    Prostituting her body
    For a dog bone thrown
    Wondering how she ever got here
    I am the Try State
    I am the man who has been reduced
    To a shell of a man
    Because society dictates
    That I must be incarcerated with my brethren
    For the sins of others
    DWB profiled
    Snatched because of my skin
    Framed because of my pride
    Imprisoned because of my potential
    I am the Try State
    I am that daughter
    Violated
    And abused
    By family mentors
    Treated like a pariah
    Stripped of innocence
    With no alternative than to become
    What is written of me
    Becoming every man’s toy
    Or punching bag
    It’s all the same
    I am the Try State
    I am that boy struggling to know
    How to grow old
    But keep getting cut down in his youth
    Because of false friendships and easy money
    Lack of guidance
    Cause after all daddy’s not here
    Momma’s strung out
    Grandma too old
    I am the Try State
    Of existence
    That is a result of transgression in the Garden
     
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    Queen_of_Spades Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Smooth flowing

    Full of depth--great work from two great talents.
     
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    MMM MMM Good!!!
    what more can I say...
    Simply Wonderful!!!!
     
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    $$RICH$$ Lyon King Admin. STAFF

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    wow! y'all hittin' on all vibes too sweet .
     
  5. OmoObatala

    OmoObatala Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    we can only do what we do.

    and well Bishop and I did what we do best....WORDS!

    Thanks much love much love
     
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