Black People : POWER

Discussion in 'Black People Open Forum' started by happy69, May 6, 2005.

  1. happy69

    happy69 Well-Known Member MEMBER

    May 3, 2002
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    What is Power to you? Do you have it? Do you use it? Does the African American Community have it? Can We use it?


    The difference between poetry and rhetoric
    is being
    ready to kill
    instead of your children.

    I am trapped on a desert of raw gunshot wounds
    and a dead child dragging his shattered black
    face off the edge of my sleep
    blood from his punctured cheeks and shoulders
    is the only liquid for miles and my stomach
    churns at the imagined taste while
    my mouth splits into dry lips
    without loyalty or reason
    thirsting from the wetness of his blood
    as it sinks into the whiteness
    of the desert where I am lost
    without imagery or magic
    trying to make power out of hatred and destruction
    trying to heal my dying son with kisses
    only the sun will bleach his bones quicker.

    The policeman who shot down a 10-year-old in Queens’
    stood over the boy with his cop shoes in childish blood
    and a voice said “Die you little mother******” and
    there are tapes to prove that. At his trial
    this policeman said in his own defense
    “I didn’t notice the size or nothing else
    only the color,” and
    there are tapes to prove that, too.

    Today that 37-year-old white man with 13 years of police forcing has been
    set free
    by 11 white men who said they were satisfied
    justice had been done
    and one black woman who said
    “They convinced me” meaning
    she’d been raked
    over the hot coals of four centuries of white male approval
    until she let go the first real power she ever had
    and lined her own wound with cement
    to make a graveyard for our children.

    I have not been able to touch the destruction with me.
    But unless I learn to use
    the difference between poetry and rhetoric
    my powers too will run corrupt as a poisonous mold
    or limp and useless as an unconnected wire
    and one day I will take my teenaged plug
    and connect it to the nearest socket
    raping an 80-year-old white woman
    who is somebody’s mother
    and as I beat her senseless and set a torch to her bed
    a greek chorus will be singing in ¾ time
    “Poor thing. She never hurt a soul. What beasts they are.”

    -Audre Lorde, Warrior



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  2. river

    river Watch Her Flow MEMBER

    United States
    Mar 22, 2004
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    Where the Niger meets the Nile
    Them some pow'ful words.

    To me power is the ability to influence the final results of something.

    God has shown me through many experiences that my power rests in Him. It doesn't matter how much authority the other person has. I've been in situatins where I could not even open my mouth without somebody's say so and yet my power was greater than their authority because they rested on their authority while I rested on the Truth.

    As your poem says if we try to make power out of hatred and destruction we will continue to be destroyed because our enemies have all the authority and authority cannot be overcome with negative power.
  3. harvestmoon

    harvestmoon Member MEMBER

    Feb 18, 2005
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    it is impossible to not have power. we have only explored the possibility of not having since being brainwashed that this could be. it cannot and whether or not we are aware of it, we have/are power. of course power's nature is for positive, collective, progressive endeavour.
  4. Ralfa'il

    Ralfa'il Well-Known Member MEMBER

    Mar 25, 2005
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    My definition of power is "effectiveness".

    The ability to get what you want accomplished.