Quiet Poetry Lounge : Still, Freedom Cries

Discussion in 'Black Poetry - Get Your Flow On!' started by Roxanne, Feb 5, 2003.

  1. Roxanne

    Roxanne Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    We march for civil rights and the movement
    Wondering where the endangerment of black panthers
    How did the predator become prey
    Power to the player
    Who don’t give a **** about being
    Black or Proud
    No suckers needed
    In dope and crap games
    It’s a shame
    We hella shaded
    Been looking through
    Rainbow coalition glasses
    Masses of a people putting their own chains
    On their necks and feet
    Memories of strange fruit trees
    Are simply dust in the wind
    While we pretend that we don’t hear ourselves
    Calling each other niggazs
    Like pulling triggers are the only way to
    Free our brothers and sisters
    From the clutches of living in fear of death
    Another breath we don't have to breath
    Another seed dies from lack of need
    Another brother you ain't gotta pray for
    Another sister who you ain't got to watch her back for
    Another one less bullet to load your gat for
    A test of how strong we can survive
    Failing to see the universal greed
    We oversleep
    Missing freedom ring
    Missing freedom trains
    Missing freedom cries
    While the world speaks of war
    We ignore the one we’ve been fighting since our American Birth
    We snore
    As to be cursed with deep sleep
    Transcending into midnight creeps
    We destroy what we love
    Each other
    We dream of get rich schemes
    Glaring endlessly at the end
    Of what seemed like the beginning of our freedom
    Freedom cries..

    My mother cried for freedom
    Freedom took her son
    She tried to save one
    The other drowned in the middle of a slave trade
    Her birthing scars never healed
    Her womb filled with a thousand screams
    Premature babies stay in their cribs
    Breast feeding on government rationed welfare checks
    Disrespect and disregarding a mother’s pain
    Too ashamed to claim she doesn’t know who to teach them
    She didn’t learn herself
    Freedom cries….

    My brother cried freedom
    Locked in a cell
    Labored cast-a-way
    The place where street war soldiers become MIA
    Some return carrying HIV
    Some come Black angrily back
    Some die slowly on Moonshine sips
    Needle smack tracks and crack pipe
    Some never see their freedom, but they don’t cry


    My father cried freedom
    Too strong of a man to let his tears fall
    So he took his anger out on the walls that boxed him in
    Beating his wife and his children
    Pretending it was a Black man’s right
    To fight the one’s he loved but didn’t know how to say it
    Laid his burdens down
    Underneath lovers who didn’t give a ****
    Just looking for some manhood pushed up between their thighs
    Creating babies is like creating lies
    He ain’t mine
    She ain’t mine
    ‘Cause they don’t look nothing like
    The night he done
    Already forgotten about
    Spouting about choose to abort
    Never gonna pay child support
    Already gave you all he intended to give
    And…it is what it is
    Another one lives without knowing who they father is
    "Gurl, give me a call after you handle your biz..."
    Life still bearing his name
    His face
    Shame he don’t hear freedom crying

    My sister cried freedom
    Swore being a whore
    Paid way more
    Than being a housewife
    At least you can lay down every night with a man
    He ain’t trying to move in
    But he trying to get his **** sucked
    When he does Cool Breeze blow to
    She been ran through so much
    A soft touch ain’t nothing, but a **** coming
    Or a **** over
    Or a **** that, your love taps don’t pay the bills
    She for real ain’t playing no more games
    So she say
    While she lay her life down on unprotected stained sheets
    Sleeping with the diseased enemy
    Seeking rest in peace
    It’s a shame she never knew freedom when she came….
    She didn't even know her name...

    Ancestors still cry freedom
    I heard them once
    They told me she was coming
    So I started running for the race
    As to place at least in the top three
    Then a ***** tripped me
    A ***** called me out my name
    A player said I was ‘bout to be taken out the game
    I didn’t even know I was in
    I pretend to Black love, but I can’t
    If I don’t hate the player
    And I don’t charge the game
    Then I gotta hate myself
    Who’s gonna love me back
    In fact
    It’s all a Pimp-ho-trick script
    Where everybody tryna get wit
    Getting paid for laying on their Blacks
    How far we’ve gotton from picking cotton and tobacco leaves
    To unreal things
    Like designer jeans
    A good smoke of some tight eyed dope
    That will choke your *** on the first drag
    Never had strange fruit hanging in my yard
    Just the too hard playa, trying to get my phone number
    His dope sack off at the same time
    Remind me what freedom looks like?
    I’ve never seen her
    Only been told freedom sold her soul
    For a piece of pie
    Freedom cried when her eye saw how thin her slice was
    Black love ain’t asked her back
    But Freedom,she still calling
    You took her off your priority ring?
    But Freedom, she still calling
    Can't see private numbers on your caller I.D.?
    But Freedom, she still calling
    Don’t you hear her

    I’ve never met freedom
    Only been told
    The ancestors hold on to her promise seed
    So, for me
    I cry for freedom
    Praying she still feels the need
    I cry for freedom
    Hoping one day she will come
    I cry for freedom
    Knowing the ancestors will let her come
    Freedom cries
    Don't you hear her
    Freedom cries
    Are you listening?
    Freedom.....
     
  2. lpoet

    lpoet Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    am i really done................

    lol

    naw i'm just playing

    glad i took the time out to read this

    was well worth it

    amazing piece

    your style is very simular to mines

    i dont see that to often

    great piece

    hope more people check it out

    UP
     
  3. $$RICH$$

    $$RICH$$ Lyon King Admin. STAFF

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    indeed dis was very nicely done
    and i felt every line u posed
    Thanks for sharing dis here.......
     
  4. baller

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    "Masses of a people putting their own chains
    On their necks and feet
    Memories of strange fruit trees
    Are simply dust in the wind"

    DAYUM, Roxanne
    it would appear your river has overflowed
    into this mistresspiece
    YES...
    i hear freedom calling
    i hear the ring of
    freedom
    singing
    power to a people
    who claim they have
    no equal

    but we've seen that sequel

    brutha killing brutha
    for the sake of a lover
    who loves no one
    saying she's just begun
    her vengeance sweep
    for an HIV injection
    she never reckoned on
    when freedom knocked
    on her door

    freedom is calling
     
  5. Roxanne

    Roxanne Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    And I...

    :crying: know that some of us hear her, if not only to dry her eyes with the smile of knowing she exists....

    Thanx for reading

    Peace & God Bless:kiss:
     
  6. msluciousb

    msluciousb Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Nice Write Excellent Read, Deep Meaning!

    Teach my poet teach!

    Blessings On Ya House!
     
  7. Legacy21

    Legacy21 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    *Legacy applauds* This is one of the most outstanding, eloquent, and powerful statements of truth that my eyes have ever beheld. I am feeling the flow and the awesome message in this piece. I'm raising a fist in the air for this one. Keep it coming!
     
  8. blakverb

    blakverb Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Roxanne...if I say this was fabulous I would be degrading this piece of you...this was beyond words description. To flow something this deep, this profound, this heavy, this true is a gift. It is so good to read another "pro-blak" sister. Your third eye is wide open. Thank you for the food.

    your brother blak.
     
  9. epiphany

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    Sistah Roxanne...

    Superbly done!

    High quality verbiage, worth the read

    from beginning to end...5 :star:

    Epiphany :heart:
     
  10. cocobutterskyn

    cocobutterskyn Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Whoa! Roxann...

    I don't know how I missed this awesome peace,
    but I'm glad Destee hooked the playground up
    with a "similar threads" feature. If not... I never
    would have enjoyed this read.



    feelin'itsouldeep!
    Coco :heart:
     
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