Black Poetry : Let go of the knife

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  1. asimplepoet

    asimplepoet Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    When you are a hammer everything looks like a nail

    And it seems that when you're black everything's about race

    All of our troubles in the black community are not soley due to racism

    Sometimes we must admit that there are wounds that are self-inflicted

    Before you get in a tizzy I'm not denying that racial injustices still exist.

    And they they are a big obstacle that we must overcome

    But we must take responsibility for the damage done by us to us

    We hold the knife that continues to rip us open at the seams

    Take a close look at our community and what do you see:

    unwed mothers,

    absent fathers,

    glorification of crime,

    high dropout rates,

    blissful ignorance,

    Money worshipped as God,

    immoral behavoir paraded as the norm

    and so many more open sores

    When will we start to heal from within

    And become united as one phenomanal force

    Not a hand holding kumbaya lovefest

    But a joined front that empowers the community

    The question of how to best tackle our faults has been often asked

    But it is left unanswered like an incomplete assignment

    We must first emphasize the value and necessity of education

    and stress the benefits of individual initiative

    That says I will pull my self up by bootstraps if I have to

    Because we must learn to self-love and self-help

    If we are to ever get beyond the insanity of today

    We must take full ownership of our own destructive ways

    Before we begin to fight that which seeks to keeps us all bound

    Brothers and sister it time to get down to the business of healing us

    Our very lives depend upon us removing the knife from our lifeline

    Not a knife in the back but one that is held by our own hand

    I dare you to step out and dare to be different then the next

    Dare to be the hand that drops the knife first
     
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    WOW!!!!

    Lilpea :1on1:
     
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    STANDING OVATION!

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    Like they say in chuuch, "If you can't say 'Amen,' just say, "OUCH!"

    Gurl, you gone make me pull out my white handkerchief and start waving it!

    :bowdown:
     
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    Should never become second nature to use a knife in this way, but sometimes, sadly, habits form. No more words for this one sis, this was fire.
     
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    I bow unto you here sis wow
     
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    once we realize...

    ...that "All of our troubles in the black community are not soley due to racism," we can move forward, to face them...to rid our numbers of the knife-welding few who would see us destroyed...rather than raise us up. I'M LOVING THE FLOW OF THIS. THANK YOU for this well-timed message.

    the river floweth
     
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    asimplepoet – I believe it is History that causes us to wake up, clean out the wounds and drop that knife. When I awoke this morning, my alarm clock went off and I thought of Benjamin Bannaker, a black man, who invented the first clock in America. I turned on the lights and Lewis Lattimer, the black man who created the filament for Edison’s light bulb, came to mind. I got in the shower and remembered that my ancestor’s had hot and cold running water along the Nile River in Egypt when nobody else did.
    The room was warm when I stepped from the shower and I said here we are again. Sarah Parker, a black woman, invented the first gas-heater furnace in America. When I took clothes from my dryer, George Sampson a black man I remembered invented it in 1892. When I pulled the ironing board out, a black woman Sara Boone who invented it in America popped in my head. When I put my shoes on, I froze and said here we are again. Jan Matzeliger, in Boston, invented a machine to sew the upper part of the shoe to the bottom of the shoe as I tied the laces up.
    I went to the refrigerator and the cool air made me think of T. Elkins, a black man who invented it and Frederick Mckinley Jones, a black man, who made it work on trucks for long distance food hauling. And finally, a black man Norbert Rillieux who invented a machine to convert the juice of sugar cane into granules, was being sprinkled over my cornflakes as I took a spoonful and said to myself that Domino and Dixie Crystals should erect a statue to him in recognition and be thankful. All these brothers and sisters made me proud and I hadn’t even left the house. It is these images which will wake you up, clean your wounds and make you drop that knife with a renewed hope to the future where Obama will be waiting for all of us. Thanks asimplepoet.for letting me rant. You have inspiration here in this work. Namyh
     
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    Awesome

    Awesome Flow! Sister asimplepoet

    Do I have to drop my knife? :whip:
    May I keep it sheathed?

    All of these need tackling. :court:
    Cut out of the community with my Knife.:SuN042:
    I am not into self infliction.
     
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    Hello Asimplepoet...

    Some hold on tight to excuses that may or may not extend from racism, so they don’t have to step up and do what’s right and some have been seeing wrong done for so long it feels right.

    Watz stated “habits form” and cycles continue, but there are solutions that can break them as your heartfelt expression expresses.

    Wish we could use the knife to cut the excuses. Anywho, on point write!


    feelin'itsouldeep!
    Coco:dance:
     
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