Black Poetry : "Self Worth"

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  1. dadachango69

    dadachango69 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I was taught to hate myself
    for the multiplicity that is “ee-AH-Lee”
    there was something simply wrong
    my mother's nose was not racially right for me

    like a Puerto Rican version
    of "Imitation of Life"
    I’m white.
    White !
    WHITE !!
    I just couldn't understa-aaand the many different races
    that lay claim to my society-inflicted strife

    not quite the whiteboy
    not quite the blackman
    not quite the native son
    just a no-frills "Ame-Ri-Kan"

    caught among 3 identities
    I am referred to by obscenities
    drawing out all kinds of insecurities
    "Manteca, ple-eeease…
    save me from all these miseries!!"


    coconut gangstah…
    my bleedin heart's angah…

    "¡mira! mira!"
    you think I'm a cheata?!
    always high off some cheeba?!
    forever in needa…
    …some welfare check?
    …some food stamps?
    what… I can't be a leada?!

    enigma of my newly-adopted country
    confusing to the American eye
    time to use some chameleon-ness
    it’s the only way I thought I could survive

    in a world of people who cannot love beyond skin
    mámi was incorrect
    not exactly what I've been told
    her blackness made me put her in the closet
    along with abuela
    I moved HER in there in a choke hold

    “I cannot understand dees amér-ee-kan world”, she thought
    as the pullchain of the closet light graced her face
    her god-given Ameri-skin
    was still considered capital sin
    and just cause of THAT
    she could nevah really win

    now you have passed this energy into my being
    resonating at anotha octave an' skin tone
    seed of your continuing future
    misfit misfire of a Y chromosome

    I learned now that it is
    important to love where you came from
    important to love WHO you are
    while life is crazy with its twists & turns
    you still keep on keeping on

    embracing it like a slot car
    right before it crashes
    shattering ideas of self
    a stereotype now walks amidst the masses

    opposing parts of a spic
    all tied to the red white an' blue
    but in a larger arrangement
    "I haven't done anything officer
    so why is it 30 days to my arraignment??"


    I am a spic
    that spik good English
    and got a degree in co-ooolness
    from living ghetto realities
    FAR from my last home
    a place quite unlike this one
    where the muthaf******' buffalo roam

    I am many lives in one
    I can do almost anything
    my mind is strong!!

    courtesy of hybrid vigor
    a mongrel little spic
    your country calls a n*****

    copyright 2002 Hiali Quiñonez & SoulChango Productions


     
  2. Bluewater

    Bluewater Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    we are many lives in one..feeling this drop poet...deep within the heart
    Peace
    Blue
     
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    nice drop..
    feel the vibe
    flow on poet...:angel1:
     
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    $$RICH$$ Lyon King Admin. STAFF

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    indeed ......by the way we don't try to go round words on our banned list like the N word and so on ..
     
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    Nice flow :wink:
     
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    I enjoyed this read. All things you are should be acceptable in everyone's eyes and minds. Often what you can see can fool you.
     
  7. Khasm13

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    see thas what i'm saying man...
    grab da pen a paper
    and let da mind expand
    creating mind mirrors
    out of sand...i feel you holmes...sho nuff
    one love
    khasm
     
  8. PositiveMindset

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    Do yo' thang, brother.

    Let U be known.

    Feelin' this competely.
     
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