Black Poetry : Not That Long Ago...

Discussion in 'Black Poetry - Get Your Flow On!' started by cherryblossom, Feb 10, 2010.

  1. cherryblossom

    cherryblossom Banned MEMBER

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    It's been said that
    "He who forgets his past is destined to repeat it."
    And I remember those brave souls
    Who gave their lives by deciding to commit
    Who, stubbornly, would not yield nor submit
    And who, steadfastly refused to quit...

    I look back in awe and wonder
    At all our sacrifices and strides
    When we chose to proudly walk
    Instead of taking second-class bus rides.

    When we were barred from the schoolhouse door
    But still pressed on w/a thirst for knowledge,
    Increased all the more.

    When we were wrangled and mangled and dangled
    From crucifixion trees
    Like Lady Day sang of in "Strange Fruit."
    And in every court session, the jury
    On all charges cleared the accused
    And any nay-sayers had to remain mute.

    When we had to sit, drink, and eat
    With never the other race having to see or meet
    Us
    As they dined
    We were never served 1st
    But always directed to the door BEHIND
    The establishment so as not to offend
    The status quo
    (Don't you know?)
    So, we surely couldn't be
    Allowed to blend
    Partaking of the Divine
    Rights
    Of Whites
    And when we did decide to Sit-In
    We were swiftly hustled & bustled off
    To the local County Jail or nearest State Pen.

    When we were deemed to be "Uppity" and
    "Forgetting our place"
    Just for striving to be treated w/basic human dignities
    Warranted by Constitutional grace

    When we were beaten and gassed
    And had clothing stripped/skin ripped
    By powerful fire hoses
    How DARED we tilt or turn up our noses
    At the way it had always been?!

    And, if we don't WAKE UP, it will be AGAIN!
     
  2. $$RICH$$

    $$RICH$$ Lyon King Admin. STAFF

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    U said a mouth full ..............
     
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    1poetsought Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Say it ain't so don't ask if you know

    Magnificent, splendid and glorious!
     
  4. cherryblossom

    cherryblossom Banned MEMBER

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    Thank you much!....But, not nearly as full as it was for them.



    Thakn you very much.....And I like that 1st line! Well said!
     
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    MzBlkAngel Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    tight drop... thanks for sharing The first to replies says it all
     
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