Black Poetry : Tensions in Harlem

Discussion in 'Black Poetry - Get Your Flow On!' started by Koolaid_smile, Aug 1, 2004.

  1. Koolaid_smile

    Koolaid_smile Active Member MEMBER

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    this for my people
    who make shade divisions within their own color section
    forced to hate the one in the mirror
    and hide their dark hands in pockets

    the child grows up taught to hate them
    hate only those who look like him
    the child is a swan in a world of ducks
    who teaches her that her complexion ain't nothin' but bad luck

    the boy curses his mamma for makin' him so black
    the girl curses her father for the straight hair she lacks
    the boy curses his nose and lips for being too broad
    the girl cries herself to sleep not wanting to be that swan

    they see white is pure and perfect within
    while the black is carried out as evil as sin
    who would help these children find their place
    for they don't know they curse their people when they hide their face


    (on a side note, I hope some of you saw def poetry jam last week. I was wondering if anyone can find a copy on the internet of Flowmentalz "Constipation" poem...thank you)
     
  2. watzinaname

    watzinaname Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    And we can never truly be free, until we're free of such self hatred. I appreciated this real vibe.
     
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    this was posed well and spoke truth...thanks for sharing
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    Peace
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    very well pose'd forth one must see that we are who we are
    and be as proud as can be for what's white not always pure
    as black pearls of essence midnight is beautiful coz it allows
    da glow of da moon and da starz to gleam .
     
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    Good piece. It is sad how much self hatred exists in the community...it is good that many have been speaking out on it recently on Destee.
     
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    Free your mind and you're soul will follow
     
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    You bring the sad truth in
    an inspirational way!

    Loved the way you sprayed it!!!!!
     
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    deepy going above and beyond PREMIUM MEMBER

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    how can i love we/thee
    until i love me...
    thank you for bringing forth some of our own despair..
    we have so many problems with our color line that's clear..
    keep telling us..
    i loved the title of your poem also..
     
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