Quiet Poetry Lounge : Oh say can you see? (grabbin my ankles)

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  1. dnommo

    dnommo Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Here I go again, grabbin my ankles like A brand
    new in-mate whose fresh off the bus, Fresh off
    the streets, fresh out of court, fresh in this 4x4 cell,
    fresh meat for the Fresh desires to comsumate

    I can’t help but wonder why I can’t see ‘em
    comin when they Smile in my face telling me
    how Much they need me to do the work Of three
    while getting paid for half Of one and yet my
    degree tells me I’m not reaching the glass ceiling

    Wonder why a B.S. and a M.S. will Take you to a Ph.D.
    and yet in this 4x4 cell called Amerikkka only sees these
    degrees in the my hands as Bull Sh*t and More Sh*t Piled
    Higher and Deeper after I worked half my life, paying $60,000
    for them all and yet the first ones they come for to settle their
    debt is the one who ends up as a college trained burger flipper.

    Does my knowledge precede my melanonin? Or does my ancestry
    deprive me of $40,000 and a Lexus (updates 40 acres and a mule)
    when i enter the interview with all the training possible and yet the
    man next to me, whose father paid his way, paid his car, paid his
    home, paid for his clothes, paid for his High School diploma will
    get the job just because his father bought controlling share in the firm.

    This so called “Bull” market that selling me bull, shoving me with
    bull, telling me bull as I die from eating the bull and I look at my
    degree wondering why the one on the front is smiling at me like the
    bull on the back of a cigarette pack; Maybe it’ll get better in a bear
    market where I could bear the thoughts, bear the facts, bear the
    attacks and bear the crap as they strip me bare, while I barely survive
    in this bare-boned society called the ghetto..

    my back is sore from the constant pressure of government spending
    ooops I mean government bending me over everytime my check reaches
    my hands and I still wanna know who is FICA for when I retire I still
    won’t receive the money back that he owes me from all these years of
    involuntary tithing to a god that will never do anything for me but
    incarcerate me for tax evasion, send me to war, me profiling a law, change
    the rules to make the rich richer and the poor deader, that now got me reaching
    for the floor just for balance. At least they could use Vaseline you think?

    can you bear with me for a moment while I grab my ankles?
     
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    shaz Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    dnommo
    Two thumbs up poet
    just before i grab my ankles in an attempt to repay my wall paper bills (LOL)
     
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    :lol: Thanks man...i'm grabbin hard just to psy school loans...
     
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    dnommo,

    after my third read I'll respond. This is classic....no this is revolutionary...this is priceless.

    The stanze/verse where you speak of bull and bear markets, man that had me thinking..."where was this brother's mind when he put together that piece? I need to get there"

    and yes the guvurnmint definitely bends us over.

    1love, blak
     
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    I'm Diggin This!!!

    And i truly feel ya...we always have to work harder to prove our abilities while others it is given too...but its okay though. Going through our tough times make us greatful because i'm sure that boys or girls father probably had to work for it to buy shares in that firm or company. We will make it through..we always do...and as for FICA i believe its a service to social services...because that what women on welfare with first borns get... FICA. That allows them to get baby food products for their baby. Kind of like Food Stamps but for babies and pregnant mothers....
     
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    shaneak,

    thak you for the insight but i am quite aware of these things. This piece was written from the perspective of one who complains about the atrocitites of today's government. I believe that you are mistaking FICA with WIC (Woman with Infant and Children). The food and formula comes from that fund but that is financed by our taxes not FICA. FICA is for Medicare, Medicaid and retirement. This is the check that the elderly receive afte 65 but truth be told we won't see any. it is also supposed to be the retirement fund that we contribute to all of our lives. From the latest statistics, by the time we retire, this FICA accont will be bankrupt. It is forced savings for a bank account that continues to have a zero balance. And as for those on welfare? Well, that system has been overhauled so much that now they are only allowed to stay on there for a limited amount of time. Some sho sought it as a form of livlihood were kicked off to fend for themselves. Now i am willingly to help those in need but how much taxes and reductions from one's paycheck must one suffer through?

    i appreciate your optimistic viewpoint on the issues but when you are faced with losing a job to someone who is "no way near" qualified but is given the job because their family owns a large amount of stock in the compnay, there is nothing to be grateful about. Forgive me for being harsh but when you are facing $60,000 - $80,000 in school loans and you can't get a job with it because someone with a high school diploma and no experience walks right in and gets the job, this is not the time to be passive and grateful. I'm sorry but I cannot thank them for taking a position that i am qualified for. Now if they are just as qualified , then so be it but what is spoken here is the reality of such situations. Under those circumstances, it makes you wonder...

    I enjoy when my scribes provide room for discussion so i pthank you fro your response, but, there's a lot more to this piece than meets the eyes. I pray you see within the words...

    Verb,

    this piece came from reading the changes in the Market and watching people struggle everyday not realizing the ends they're trying to meet don't match...It is a lot of social commentary here that i will probably post forum on...

    thanks for the read bro....
     
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    Actually

    I know exactly what you are talking about and i got turned down for a position because the brought in a familiy member when i had obtain and then lost that job at IBM because of that. But I wasn't mad about it...Instead i moved on to bigger and better things. As for the FICA i wasn't to sure about that..but thanks for the insight and updating me on goverment spending. I not grateful because of all the issues that go on...but i am grateful that regardless of all the issues that go on that the Lord has still given me shelter, and education...and job in my major to go with it. This is a very interesting subject...But believe me...i am no where near clueless. And I do understand where you coming from...but just don't feel the need to complain...which makes me grateful for what i do have and what i am still capable of doing. As for FICA i don't agree with it but i can't do too much about....they'll eliminate it on their own good time...besides...if its for social security..atleast i know that my greatgrandmother and grandmother are getting some of that money. :) Thanks for the Response:p
     
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    thanks for the read but the scenario in this piece has never happened to me. I know of some that it has happened too and one of them i was talking to inspired this piece...One of the keys points they made was that instead of just moving on they stood up and did something about it. We make choices in life and we determine how much we will put up with. The person in this scribe chose not to put up with it. Also there are still more to this scribe than meets the eye but i leave it up to the reader to see it....

    once again thanks for the read and the interesting insight...
     
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    allow me to post this one more time...

    The Black Experience…Part 2:
    “I’m Tired”

    i'm tired...
    tired of being mistreated
    just because i'm black
    tired of being pre-judged
    no matter where i'm at
    tired of the hypocrisy
    spreading throughout this land
    tired of not being recognized
    for who i am...a man

    i'm tired folks...

    tired of the bullsh*t
    white folks give us
    tired of trying to convince others
    ...i'm a man you can trust
    tired of working hard
    ...not moving to the top
    while young white kids behind me
    are moving up...none stop

    just plain tired folks...

    of living...
    giving...
    grieving...
    needing...
    wanting...all the things i need
    needing all the things i don't have

    aren't y'all tired???

    ...of black men
    getting beaten down in a sec
    by policemen across this nation
    who're supposed to serve and protect
    tired of little children
    being deprived thru neglect
    by parents of all races
    saying they're just in the way
    or calling them project rejects...


    tired of the hatred
    that, so long, persist
    i've asked in the past
    now...i have to insist
    tired of being mistreated
    by woeful creations of the creator
    tired of enduring an employer
    who abuse all the labor laws
    tired of this…
    tired of that…
    just tired of it all

    tired of being led
    where others wouldn't tread
    then turn around and blame my brother
    for what the white man said

    tired y'all...

    sorry for complaining
    ...just **** tired, yo