Black Poetry : Street Corner Sermons

Discussion in 'Black Poetry - Get Your Flow On!' started by Heartbeat, Sep 5, 2002.

  1. Heartbeat

    Heartbeat Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Long ago, back in the day
    Brothers stood on the street corner
    Saying what they had to say

    A hand made platform was their stage
    No microphone needed for the ghetto sage
    Not always articulate
    But always sincere
    They were loud
    They were Black
    Drawing crowds
    Far and near

    Edifying
    Electrifying
    So satisfying
    Hearing the signifying

    Black Men teaching
    Passing out flyers
    Standing on a wooden crate
    Wanting me to learn
    Urging me to create

    Prophets draped in red, black, and green
    Shouting out the truth
    To be felt
    To be seen

    Street corner sermons
    Pouring down
    Like quick summer rains
    Rushing through me
    Like the heroin through their veins

    Oh so long ago
    Black men with something to say
    Thinking back
    I search for timeless echoes
    Wanting to hear their words today

    BE
    ©2002
     
  2. baller

    baller Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    the SPIRIT moves the WORD in you...regardless of the venue.

    thanks BE.
     
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    Heartbeat Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Thank you IB for feeling me feeling this.
     
  4. Heartbeat

    Heartbeat Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Sherykah,
    Thank you for the word BOLDNESS. That is what it is and that is what is needed. Every great grass roots leader from Jesus Christ to MLK, Jr. had it.
     
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    shaz Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I don't know!
    although the platform is removed
    and the leaders displaced
    if you hold your ear to the track
    you can still here them "shouting out the truth"
    great leaders like fine steel sometimes are only created
    in the hottest of circumstances (fires)

    I think maybe they are still their, but harder to find
    like perhaps their message is hidden in a well scripted line
    their but harder to find?
     
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    alyce Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I had the privilege of being old enough to recognize there was something moving in the air...I remember raised fists and black berets and our banners of green, black and red. I remember park gatherings and C.O.R.E. (Congress On Racial Equality) meetings...

    I remember the call for Brothers and Sisters to come together as one and build our infrastructure from the family-to-the-community...I remember the plea to stop our in-fighting and putting our business in the streets....I remember back when I was
    about 17.

    Thank you for this. You know this is the real schtuff, to me.

    alyce
     
  7. INcogniTO

    INcogniTO Member MEMBER

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    Thank you Poet!

    for allowing my mind to rewind and to remember how truley powerful words were meant to be...Inspirational! I feel the spirit in the wind...

    Nice Piece!!
     
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