Black Poetry : Not Another Statistic (In Due Time)- dedicated to Benjamin Jones

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  1. Legacy21

    Legacy21 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    He be B-Boy
    Eastside raised
    Jump rope slapping on concrete with boombox beats
    Swirling in his head
    Music of the urban jungle in his veins
    He writes poetry on wrinkled napkins
    Stained with sweat and day old hamburger grease
    His sneakers scuff the streets
    As he dances between the sunshine rays
    Searching for a better way to live his life
    He won't be another generation of Black men fallen
    So he clings to the one gift he's got
    Words
    Words that spring from his lips like butterflies
    Taking flight like fantasies
    He free verses to the universe
    In hopes of escaping his troubled reality
    His pen bleeds tears of yesterday's heartbreak
    He uses similies and metaphors like twin blades
    He's the young Ghetto Sensei
    His hooks be them catchy, rhythmic phrases
    Jumping off the page
    To the boomp-boomp-boomp-boomp beat of his heart
    Blues be bled in black ink
    He gives himself to the moment
    Muse melancholy
    When she just don't love him no more
    Leaving him lonely, lingering on ledges
    Where he stands inside himself
    Solitary
    Suffering a winter time solitude in silence
    Yet his smile be warm and easy like summer breezes
    No man can be an island
    He strives for affected distance
    But say his name in a teasing tone
    & his eyes will shine like melted chocolate drops
    Face illuminated with wide grins in moments of foolishness
    I can see the boy child inside of him
    I call him Ben-Ben
    Shifting moods manifests him as Son of Ra
    Beautifully arresting when caught in deep thought
    He is the Golden Child of Ancient Scribes
    Muse mystic manipulating the elements of time
    Combined consciousness with rhyme
    He creates with every breath and blink of his eyes
    He magnetizes minds
    Captivates hearts
    He is loved
    He is hated
    He is cherished
    He is rejected
    He is every hope and dream of ancestors who spilled their blood in the dust
    Just that he might exist
    He is the liquid fire searing inside the veins of change
    He is destined to be more than he imagined, greater than we dared to believe
    Yet so human, so fragile, so vulnerable, so imperfect
    But not another statistic
    No, this brother will not be barred for life
    Will not be scarred for life
    Will not be another dream deferred
    Will not be another waste of seed planted in this bitter Earth
    With love, truth, wisdom, and guidance to fertilize his spirit and mind
    He shall rise in due time
    In due time
    In due time.......
     
  2. $$RICH$$

    $$RICH$$ Lyon King Admin. STAFF

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    indeed in due time ..........ya pen is awesome sista
     
  3. PurpleMoons

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    beautiful dedication to BEN. absolutely beautiful
     
  4. Royal_T

    Royal_T Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Yes indeed. PurpleMoons couldn't have said it better. This was raw. I loved the way you put it together, I think I read it just like you wanted it to be read. I could feel the rhythm and that says a lot because I always read things the way I would write it, but I didn't get that this time.
     
  5. Legacy21

    Legacy21 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Thank you for the kind comments, but I must thank Brother BEN for the inspiration......
     
  6. lpoet

    lpoet Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    very nice dedication u have here

    keep writting from your heart

    UP
     
  7. SwtT

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    Nice poem. Trult he'll rise in due time with your beautiful dedication 1 love sista,
    Swtness
     
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