Black Poetry : I was pickin' My Afro

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  1. blakverb

    blakverb Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I left the house the other day
    on a search to find me the perfect pick to
    pick the perfect 'fro on the perfect day
    for my natural mind ya know

    I got to the Walgreens doen there
    on this street and that street and checked aisle
    number 7
    I pondered over the "fist on the end" one
    and the black plastic one with the red and black
    swing handle
    and the "cake cutter" one
    (ya'll know the one with the teeth that cut
    yo' scalp if you got to "into" picking yo' hair)
    and the one that "fanned out like a rake"
    thay even had a pink one with wide teeth
    ...like that's gone help on a nappy head...

    I looked them over, stood in awe
    by the tools we all need to have in our ghetto tool
    box and drooled licking my lips like I was
    gazing at naked Jet beauties
    them picks...simply beautiful... after tripping one
    minute too long I got the one with the
    fist cause when stuck in your 'fro

    planted on one side
    planted in the back
    or even slid in your back pocket

    that fist said "I ain't taking no ****"
    and "power be to the people"
    (it even gave a brother a lil limp
    in his stride)

    when I got home I ran to the mirror
    dabbed some "green" blue magic in my doo
    and proceeded...it was wild because my
    doo caught all these different things while walking
    through the hood...a social dreamcatcher

    I picked and inhumanity
    and "in hue" man ity feel to the floor
    I said "hey brother what's up"
    after rubbing his head he said
    "******, why you step on my shoe"
    I perplexed why this dude was vexed
    said out of a matter of respect said "yo'
    bro you just fell out MY doo, not some
    night club" after explaining that he was
    high after 2 blunts and a crooked i
    i understood why he was in my doo

    I picked out insanity and vanity rolled into
    one as a prostitute with a gat feel out
    and landed on her back she pointed it
    at me I said "yo, what's up wit dat?"
    I ain't the john that just ripped you off
    or your pimp that just slapped you, but queen why
    do you do what you do? after uncocking her
    pearl handle six shooter she said she
    was raped at age twelve, got pregnant at age 14,
    and kicked out at age fifteen, daddy been dead
    at least that's what her mama said, and needed to
    get a roof, food and a bed. I said "****".
    i understood why she was in my doo.

    I picked ignorance out and out fell a cop, klansmen,
    and a politician. i told both those cats ya'll definitely
    in the wrong spot, but , while ya hear let me holla
    at ya for a minute...after cracking my digits I began
    how can you praise God and burn crosses?Then in an
    incendiary tone I burned them both when I said
    "and Yo' son you up in my crib being wack, trying to
    pop my collar cause you assume I sell dope to make a
    dollar mutha****as I'm an educated street scholar
    did you know that Adam and eve and jesus were
    black? that the first man and woman on this earth
    were black? that makes me yo' daddy. where's my belt"
    those cats thought my *** was crazy as a bedbug
    and jumped twenty stories to their...hey I didn't push
    'em.

    I picked out strength, single mother with three kids
    who swore she was cursed by doing a bid of stress,
    strife and struggle handed down by the God. said she
    can't make it, didn't want no more days like this
    I told her think back, reminesce your breaths were songs
    for oceanic fish they danced to your strength your hope
    and even the wisdom of your fears, they still listening even
    after hundreds of years. So close your eyes and draw on your
    own strength you ain't alone, all you have to do is call
    big daddy is always home. she left kids in tow and now I
    know why she was in my doo...

    to get me to understand that I am from something
    greater than all ignorance born of man the home of the
    afro where my Soul roams.

    (and my 'fro ended up smoooooooth too)

    (c)2001 blakverb
     
  2. N2urSoul

    N2urSoul Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Blak

    Yo.....you trippin' yo!! I'm laughin' at this piece here...it's tight!!

    I'm visualizin' that afro as a "social dreamcatcher"....!!

    Amazingly talented Sean, you are!!

    One luv
    Two :hearts:

    N2
     
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    UbZoRbShUn Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    so you have seen my Afro pick

    the one with the fist
    and **** right I use
    that blue magic to grease
    this scalp and I be
    combin my napps
    watchin in amazement
    at what falls out
    my Afro natural self
    dreamcather fo sho
    cause every time I
    "big pick it" somebody
    say I remember when we
    wore fro's it was a statement
    now yall younguns wear them
    for fashion.... and as I sat down
    with this older cat and explained
    to him My Nappy Transition
    and the Messages From my Afro
    his eyes grew wide cause I had pulled
    him inside of my struggle.... a black woman
    once straight (hair that is) in a work place
    dominated by old white men and my quest to seek
    me, to be me, to go back to my naptural beauty
    to shake societies misCONception of how I'm
    supposed to be
    and that older cat said yeah my sista
    I can dig it
    gave me mad props cause I
    opened his eyes to a struggle he thought
    long lost

    verb, you have captured so many things that I want to say. I sit with my mouth open cause the title alone was all that. Like Mos Def said it's amazing how scribes/poets/spoken word artists can flow exactly what you wanna say and do it a way that got you sayin ****




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  4. Nia Maishani

    Nia Maishani Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Too cool

    Blakverb!

    Brilliant piece. Lovin' it to the nth.
     
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    Nia Maishani Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    UB~

    U B speakin' the truth with ya flow. Keep it up.
     
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    Verb......

    This is a masterpiece....
    I read your poetry...and
    just envision deep thought
    and creativity......


    Epiphany :heart:
     
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    to a great true artist

    i bow in your presence

    DsSnY
     
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    man verb

    u took me back to my 10" fro wit my pick stuck in it
    man say dem wordz as u please.......ya heard me!!:eek:
     
  9. Nia Maishani

    Nia Maishani Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Wear it at?

    BLACK ON TOP.
     
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