Black Poetry : i didn't sign up for this

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  1. renae

    renae Active Member MEMBER

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    I didn’t sign up for this (not quite finished)

    Mama I didn’t sign up for this
    U convinced me it was for the best
    Thought I needed discipline. thought the army would make a man out of me.
    But what kind of man am I
    If and when I murder an innocent woman and child?
    What kind of man am I
    When I leave my mama, family, and friends to worry and cry?
    Thinkin’ days, weeks, maybe months, or maybe even years they baby boy or gurl
    May neva return to that world
    We lovingly call home.

    I didn’t sign my name
    To torture and maim
    People I barely know
    Inflicting upon them the same sorrow
    They caused us. i may not be very bright
    But 2 wars/terrors or whateva u wanna call it don’t make a right.

    I’d didn’t give my signature to cross some other man’s territory
    To go into his country
    And demand he and his people obey
    If under similar circumstances we Americans would act da same way

    I didn’t sign up for this
    Just wanted some cash in my pockets
    Wanted to make my daddy proud
    Not shout or scream out loud
    If I don’t make it back in one piece
    And even if I do. I realize I may not be da same
    Who can guarantee me that I’ll return sane.
    Not haunted by nightmares
    No flashbacks frights or scares.

    I didn’t sign up for this
    But why does it now feel like I signed my name with my own blood
    Somehow I now get the feeling things ain’t so good
    Bush you and uncle tom (I mean sam) and Colin powell
    Tricked me…got me to sign over my life
    Didn’t sign up for all this grief and strife
    Somehow I regret signing up for dis ****
    Cause I sho’ll didn’t mean 2 sign up for this!!!
     
  2. Kimdricka

    Kimdricka Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    whassup miss lady! i hear ya girl.

    "If I don’t make it back in one piece
    And even if I do. I realize I may not be da same
    Who can guarantee me that I’ll return sane.
    Not haunted by nightmares
    No flashbacks frights or scares."

    being in the military, i'm especially touched by that part. keep on droppin, lil sis :wink:


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  3. vivacious vixen

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    FEELIN U

    i feel everything u tryin to say on this one.
    tell it!!!!
    :teach:
     
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    BETWEEN THE LINES

    Speak on this insensitive issue QUEEN
    You must truly be out of your natural environment
    I too, have sacrificed much by signing on that dreadful line
    My warrior spirit at odds with the lack of any righteous cause

    1poetsought ~
     
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    poeticdelight Member MEMBER

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    i know i know i know

    welcome :wave:

    keep flowing

    one

    pd

    :heart:
     
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    that ish happens
    when people fight for a country
    that can give a hot **** bout them
    slapping souls on welfare
    as vagrants get hellcare(instead of health)
    i'm fully aware
    that's why i don't care
    a path choosen
    that will leave ya essense fozen
    in the tundra
    so y wonder
    y
    if this is a good day to die...
     
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    Hypnotize Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Wonderful and somber !

    You've no doubt tapped into the thoughts
    of thousands of soldiers.

    I read a statistic recently that out of all
    the women serving in the ENTIRE ARMED FORCES...

    Half... are black women.


    We need upward mobility ... but at what cost.
     
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    Euphoria Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Great piece Renae. I have friends in the Australian military and since they have the same ideals as me I know they would agree completely with your poem. Lauren signed up just because she wanted to fly black hawks and my guy friends simply because they wanted money for a new car etc.
    Keep scribin your words of wisdom.
    *Emma*
     
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    I have always incouraged people to take full stock of what they are sighning up for and I am sorry no one incouraged you to consider these things before it was to late. but now that you are in the soup I am sure that Gods grace will be sufficient, so hold on and be strong.
     
  10. renae

    renae Active Member MEMBER

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    thanx 4 all of ur replys...like all of u i have friends (Kim!!!) & family in da army.. howeva i think some of ya'll got da wrong idea....i didn't sign up 4 da army...my bro did..and shortly after he died at da tender age of 17 (a month b4 his 18th)...my daddy served in Vietnam and pleaded with'em not 2 sign..and sometymes like da day i wrote dis poem...i wonder would he still b here if he hadn't have signed..i also wrote dis for friends and family who are serving or any1 who has some1 serving....especially if they're leaving bhind a family.
     
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