Black Poetry : Reflections from A Cell

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  1. abstract219

    abstract219 ...standing on the shoulders of giants MEMBER

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    "Enjoy your trip!"
    the sheriff said as they
    led me from the courtroom
    "Enjoy your trip!"
    ...the sheriff said
    as I was manacled to the floor
    of the iron bus..
    now with a different type of bling.
    The chains I wore on the block
    And the chains I wear now
    Are strangely similar.
    Bondage, they both speak.
    My machismo, my integrity challenged
    my will gets weak,
    each time they say
    "Drop em..spread ya cheeks"


    How did I end up here?
    All I wanted to do was
    ...represent my block
    ...watch the young boys clock
    ...pick up the drop
    ...get my cut off the top
    To watch and laugh as they stomp a elder
    who wants a refund.

    In the absence of normal stimuli,
    delerious... from sheer boredom,
    the mind invents games...
    The exact number of steps I take
    before hitting the showers,
    137.
    the number of bricks in my cell wall
    29.
    The difference in sound
    between a man getting beat
    and a man getting raped.
    So familiar with rats, I give them names.
    The jangle of keys, the buzzer informs me its time to eat.
    The mad scramble of 315 brothers.
    A modern day slave ship.
    Every day, steel grey.


    How did I end up here?
    Was it because Daddy was never there?
    Mommy really didnt care?
    Or a community too stressed,
    too intoxicated to even notice?
    Or was it my unresolved issues
    of abandonment, neglect, disenfranchisement?
    Or just greed?


    Thru the glass partition
    My wife's condition worries me.
    Her eyes reflect confusion and fatigue.
    My daughter's fear...
    hyper-alert, as if she's being followed.
    I ban them from visitation.

    "Enjoy your trip" the sheriff said.
    The final "clang" of the yard gate
    the noise, the smells...

    A sign over the the passage way said,
    "Welcome to Hell"

    I mean, really.
    How did I end up here?​
     
  2. Clyde C Coger Jr

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    In the Spirit of Sankofa and Peace and Love!

    Reflections from A Cell




    Now I get your reference of "back to life." And again, I say welcome and continue to reach through your preach. This is very powerful abstract219, and asks the question of many: How did I end up here?


     
  3. abstract219

    abstract219 ...standing on the shoulders of giants MEMBER

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    I thnk you very much, Clyde. I appreciate your comments.

    But by no means this is autobiographical. It's like a composite of stories my clients sometimes tell me. LOL, naw. I wasnt arrested. My wife and I bought a new home, daughter was ill for a minute and I returned to school to get my degree.

    Actually, I was kinda thinking of how Michael Vick kinda felt...LOL
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    .......Brother, you have my most humble apology abstract219, but now you see why I stay away from poetry as much as I can, lol...I tend to take things literally, my bad :).

    P.S. Funny but true story...Once, I actually thought the poetess was about to commit suicide, what actually saved me total embarrassment was that at least one other person showed the exact same interest in the thread, whew!
     
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    awesome piece of work
     
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    STARK REALISM

    The stark realism of this powerful piece is enough to scare us straight.

    GREAT WORK!
     
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    too never have lived it but to tell it like you did is a beautiful gift..the realism in this wow..it was amazing
     
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    AMAZING!

    I wholly agree w/1PoetSought!

    For me, this piece was like a lyrical version of the 1978 documentary SCARED STRAIGHT!


    Very well done!
     
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    I've never been to prison, so I can only imagine what life is like behind the walls. This should be featured on a scared straight promo ... very powerful piece.
     
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    i thought you were there too! it made my eyes tear up a bit :( especially counting the bricks and steps, i used to count the doors on the highway wooden fences as a child on our way to Massachusetts, it reminded me of that, feeling alone even though people were around me.
     
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