Black Poetry : Owed to a Black Man

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  1. solitudeneone

    solitudeneone Member MEMBER

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    Hello, I'm a newbie and I'm checking out poetry sites on the net. HBO Def Jam is pretty cool...they have a nice flow over there.

    Owed to the Black Man

    Why do black men sink
    when they should rise?

    Smoke from a volcano floats,
    dead leaves broken off glide,

    why don’t black men rise?

    Inconsistence glows brightly
    through darkness. Its principles appear divine.

    Black men have proven they love unconditionally.
    With money the woman is white

    and when he is no more prosperous than egocentric piss on a stool
    she is as black as the widow spider confounded by her own web.

    They leave mothers to raise their sons
    and nurture their daughters alone
    like the pistol and pollen of the same flower.

    So that children are not unique-
    they make the same mistakes as both mother and father.

    Solid earth pushes up into mountains
    whose peaks plunge into blue sky.

    In the ocean fluid canyons open
    and towers of foam climb high

    Why don’t black men rise?

    He is strong but he is young.
    If I take his hand the world expands beneath him.
    But when we stand apart warlike herbs dare to shrink us.

    Sometimes I see the world as a rose.
    So beautiful from the top,
    but at bottom a thorny scrape
    standing in the way of our very instincts to rise up.

    Yet, there is where the meaning of a rose lies.

    I greatly dream his heart is darker
    than blackberries, black swans, or the universe upholding planets.
    That his soul is not a specter disembodied
    forming the shadows of black history,
    but that it lives! It is still within his brown skin,
    and startled awake as he awakens it in me!

    Why can’t he see it in my ebony blush?
    An ear to my nature would not deny
    how I am tormented to understand and worship him by design.

    Rise, black man, arise!

    Why does the black man sink?

    Because he is a statue.
    A hard, cold, memory of a man I loved,
    a man who was protector and cared in spite
    of being forever at war with himself and the world.
    A man who died, unexpectedly.

    I do not know what killed the black man.
    What disemboweled his virtues,
    tormented him thoughtless,
    extinguished his courage,
    demoralized his morals,
    put out the flames of his heart
    and scattered his ashes in the deep blue sea.
    Or what ravaged the sacred love for his second self,
    for me.
    I only know that the black man is dead
    and now many more men are following him.
     
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    solitudeneone

    Welcome home fellow poet. :D

    Welcome to Destee.com...kick your feet up, lay back, relax, and enjoy the poetry, columns, and great discussions that thrive here day in and day out....

    Great piece. I'm a Black man who sees what you see as well. It's saddening, but we will survive. With strong Black women like you supporting us, how can we not. :D

    :thanks: for sharing

    :toast:
     
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    solitudeneone

    Welcome, we hope that you like it here as well. I like your style of writing, and the message is clear.
     
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    solitudeneone Member MEMBER

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    thank you! I do like it here. of course i still have to get used to it. i hope i have a great time and contribute to others doing so as well. :O)
     
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    welcome within happy ur here upon the faces
    of many the destee family of love
    nice flow !
     
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