Black Poetry : Pessimism

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  1. Prizefighter16

    Prizefighter16 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    This was not written for the whole black community. This was written for those who don't seem to mind the situations that the community is put into, or the way we're treated...;(

    PESSIMISM...

    You must be confused
    My pessimistic views
    The way I view this world
    The way I see everyone
    Because everyone judges me
    We all form opinions on the people we meet
    But I…
    I am one of those on the sidelines
    Noticing things that give some sign
    Of the lack of justices that should be mine
    Of course they are never too hard to find
    I can look through my window*
    And see a brotha gettin harassed by the police
    Or see a father getting shot out my window in the street
    Maybe see little black boys learning to drug deal
    I ain’t that pessimistic
    I’m just sayin what’s real
    I hear Bill Cosby sayin we as a people don’t do enough
    He could be wrong
    More likely right
    But what’s tough is…
    Hearin that after we’ve been beaten
    Killed martyred oppressed, mistreated,
    We actually have fit the standard of ignorance
    Attracted these situations of pure ghetto poorness
    Payed in full this type of barbaric insurance

    Developed an excuse to act like fools?
    Is this the way we are?
    As a people?
    Kind of hard to take that in
    A former comedian is causing some to be defensive
    Maybe he’s being pessimistic
    Or maybe he’s telling it like it is
    Will we be the falling race who regrets
    Everything we’ve had to do? And for what?
    We’ve been the ones stepped on
    Racially profiled on
    Ignored and looked dirty upon
    so all our hopes and dreams were gone
    Yet some stay in this present
    And try to remove
    The pain we have gone through
    By buying clothes and wearing the most jewelry
    Cause they feel it'll blind out the problems they see
    It’s more than being self-conscious*
    it’s the insecurities in you
    To follow what Jay Z and P. Diddy might do
    all of us need a dream in ourselves to aspire to
    and in me
    This paper, pen and God is the only thing that I got
    I am the scribe, and HE is my enlightened despot
    And I color my pages
    Cause my color on paper gives a written speech
    Of questions about things that make me less free
    About things derived by a number of centuries
    from the time they tied my ancestors to a tree
    from the reality that they won’t let none of us be
    excuse me for being pessimistic
    I just say what I see.
    And feel and hear
    And read between the lines of those not so accurate text books
    Giving info on our history yet still being dismissive
    Keeping out the missing pieces as if they’re infective
    Yall are the missing pieces
    And if we ALL came together
    We could accomplish…
    Anything except the need to be famous
    Or be rich and powerful
    As if it erases the issues against us
    Until then there will always be the pessimistic
    And I will always write
    What I observe
    So do not refuse the pessimistic views
    Try instead to think of how they affect you.
     
  2. Khasm13

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    yo dun where ya been at...i was try'n to read some ish like this b4 danew year...thank you my brother...this poem was well stated...scrumptious..i eyed it like food and ate it....your mental made it so that u can front on this...word
    one love
    khasm
     
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    watzinaname Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Sometimes through negative images we can work through some of our own pain. I liked the way you posed this piece, very much poet.
     
  4. Prizefighter16

    Prizefighter16 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    man school will keep me off of the computer, so when im not posting something, it's usually me studyin, or at least pretending to study.

    your compliments are very much appreciated, khasm, since im already a fan of yours, although, i ain't a brotha, im female, just to let you know, but thats alright

    :D peace out
    SCW
     
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    Prizefighter16 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Thank you for readin it poet, im always delighted to hear your insight.
     
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    my bad sista...mucho props for your mentality...i assume too quick sometimes...have a blessed new year :bellydance:
    one love
    khasm
     
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    Prizefighter16 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    no problem, there's still love, and blessed new year, to you, and to all in Destee, im awaitin new possibilities here...:)
     
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    gempis Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Both the flow and the message are straight up ill, sister. Keep droppin em - I'm mad payin attention.
     
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    this was a poetic posed well
    Peace
    Angel
     
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    Prizefighter16 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Thank you for the compliment, just tryna contribute, in this community of talent that i was lucky to find. I really never thought that I could find so many Afro American poets in one spot, since i really don't know any in person.
     
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