Black Poetry : James Smith

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  1. monad.poetress

    monad.poetress Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    James Smith
    By Monad.poetress

    James Smith
    Always the little man who played checkers on the block
    Not knowing his heart was ticking like a wound alarm clock
    Always used to smile and thump us on the head
    Oh how I hate that James Smith is dead

    I never knew he had any kids
    I never saw them around
    But truth be told....this just in
    He had kids spread all round' town


    James Smith drank Colt 45
    James Smith smoked Kool lights
    Who ever knew he'd be dead on a Tuesday night

    He always made those mutts stop barking on my walk to school
    James Smith was always nice to me
    He always seemed real cool

    Out of all those years I never knew that James Smith wasn't okay
    I always saw him shoot the breeze and play checkers all day
    Never saw him cry
    Never saw him yell
    Never even knew James Smth wasn't doing so well

    Never knew his heart was messed up since he was born
    Never knew he had someone to cry, never knew he had kids who would mourn

    James Smith was our neighborhood good guy
    The one who bought little girls a sucker if you start to cry
    James Smith was not violent
    I never saw him fight
    Never seen him do anything but drink Colt all night

    Even when he was drunk
    James Smith didn't get loud
    Never joined in with arguing or fighting in a crowd
    James Smith the one who used to thump me on my head
    James Smith of Stephen Street is dead

    Monad.poetress
     
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    $$RICH$$ Lyon King Admin. STAFF

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    Da history of da man on da block
    took me back to my childhood days
    and da man up the street ...........
    the stories behind a name tyte write
     
  3. MzBlkAngel

    MzBlkAngel Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    this was a nice write
    i enjoyed the histoy of James Smith
    thanks for sharing
    Peace
    Angel
     
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    afrostotle Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Tyte tribute........One Love
     
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    watzinaname Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I felt such a warmth in this scribe, I'll bet many neighborhoods have someone like James Smith, if we took the time to notice. Very endearing piece.
     
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    tight tribute
    ;)

    flow on...
     
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    queentswana Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Yeah, comming up through the years...we had a james smith on our street as well. I surely can relate to the stories. thanks for sharing.
     
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