Black Poetry : Making Them Ends

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  1. cherryblossom

    cherryblossom Banned MEMBER

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    An upright brotha
    Daily striving to make ends meet
    With sore muscles and tired feet
    Yet still rising while stifling a yawn
    Head held high and no man's pawn
    As he presses on
    With a full and a part-time
    So he can bit-by-bit "come-up"
    No longer counting each crumb
    Or every drop in his cup
    Proud of the strides he's made
    And with every check cashed, he's paid
    His dues
    Until one day....he made the news

    An uptight brotha
    Nightly meeting to make them ends
    On the sweat of others, is what he depends
    So, he waits for a "come-up" on a pay-day night
    A victim ripe for the pickings...to ease his plight
    Of monetary desperation
    Believing he's entitled to compensation
    In spite of his life's choices
    Having ignored all the voices
    Which spurred him to education or occupation
    Instead, he relies on expectation and exploitation.....

    While the upright brotha
    Walked home humming "Friday Night" by Johnny Kemp
    Now with even more money in the bank since he gave up the hemp
    So, worn but content, he looked forward to a hot bath to soak his aches
    But, that "uptight brotha" lived by the lines of Kurtis Blow's "The Breaks"....

    Two men with opposite means of "making them ends"
    One by sweat
    The other, by threat
    A macabre game of life or death...
    The loser gets the last breath.
     
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    queentswana Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Great read poet, thanks for sharing.
     
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    cherryblossom Banned MEMBER

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    Thank you very much, Sister Queen!
     
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