Black Poetry : In Search Of Oak

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  1. Hunter

    Hunter Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    In Search Of Oak

    The children came home
    From school today
    Asked me to help them
    With their special project

    To reconstruct
    Their family tree

    And I must confess
    That I do not know
    If our bark
    Was ever as strong as oak

    How do I begin
    To pick up
    The scattered leaves
    And the broken branches
    That lay before me?

    Still
    My children are looking
    For me to guide them
    And so
    I will journey with them

    In search of oak

    I hold their hands tightly
    As I walk
    While they
    Try to run and skip

    And even though
    I don't always know
    Where I am going

    I do know
    Where I have been

    And I am careful
    Not to let them see me doubt

    Because
    I know that
    I am a black woman
    A mother
    And a child

    I know that
    I am the future
    Although my history
    Was never told

    I know that deep ebony
    Includes all the shades
    Of mocha-rainbows and me

    That this intensity
    Surrounding skin color
    Has it's own unique legacy

    Within the segregated walls
    And underneath the sacred grounds
    Of my very own black community

    I know that
    Oppression
    Is my first cousin
    And that
    My sister's name
    Is slavery

    Still holding
    My children tightly
    (Sometimes they run and skip)

    We feel the earth's breeze
    Together
    And I know instinctively

    That there are a lot of things
    About the world
    And the wind
    That I still don't understand

    And so,
    When my children
    Come to me
    For the answers
    I will speak to their innocence
    And say:

    "In this world..
    All you really have to do is to take the mask off the wind..."

    Sometimes
    It twists and weaves
    The wind
    Is wild
    And unruly this way

    When I was little
    It roared
    Through the islands
    Like an angry beast
    Eating up shingle-roofed houses
    And old wooden shacks

    But I survived

    Other times
    It sings
    With a voice so sweet

    And carries in it's breeze
    The luscious smell
    Of mangoes
    Ripening in their trees

    Even with the wind
    The sun also shines

    And after
    Our journey is over
    Then the special project
    Will be complete

    Then they will know

    Everything

    That I know

    And why

    Despite the wind
    An oak tree

    Still

    stands


    Hunter
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  2. MapleXtract

    MapleXtract Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    POW...

    erful! Absolutely rich, and extremely in depth. 12 thumbs up, mama...*feelin' this all the way down to my toes*
     
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    $$RICH$$ Lyon King Admin. STAFF

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    U NEED NOT SEARCH NO MORE
    THE BEAUTY BEEN CAPTURED
    U SEEK AND FOUND YA NITCH!
    BEHIND THE HOUSE OF MANY FACES
    IS WRITTEN BOND ON OAK TREES
    LOOK THERE AND WITHIN OF KNOWLEDGE
    AND SEE THE HISTORY OF FAMILY......
     
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    GA_Sunshyne Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    HUNTER....

    i cannot believe i almost missed this one!!...

    it was lovely... the word "rich" just doesn't
    do it justice!... it was fantastic (& that word
    sounds pretty weak to)... :)

    NothinButLove...
    sunshyne~
     
  5. dnommo

    dnommo Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    speechless once again poetess...you ahve left me speechless once again
     
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    alyce Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    my sista

    my feelings for your poetry and you are synonymous.
    You bring it! :)

    Thank you

    A
     
  7. blakverb

    blakverb Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    "in deep thought"

    thank you for the mental insightful and gloriuos verbal ride.

    one love,blak
     
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    This Piece Is Pure

    Sis,you have a infectious flava. I'm feeling this. You go gurl.
    Desert Storm
     
  9. Hunter

    Hunter Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Yes family....

    "Take the mask off the wind"

    For our forefathers
    For our children
    For ourselves

    Thank-you for accompanying me on this journey

    *run-like-the-wind*

    :)
     
  10. ShadeeLadee

    ShadeeLadee Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    your poetry is so very beautiful and powerful...and even these words I write don't do you justice, sis.

    I hear there is a book coming out? :)

    SWT
     
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