Black Poetry : The Black Race

Discussion in 'Black Poetry - Get Your Flow On!' started by Roxanne, Jul 17, 2003.

  1. Roxanne

    Roxanne Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Inspired by Brutha Naru & The Never Again Project)

    I saw the Black son rise and watched a Black Hole Open
    I let my soul step through and saw my chains fall off of me
    Realized I had been set free and I started running
    I was running for my freedom
    Running
    I was running for my freedom
    Running
    Running
    I was running for my freedom and then I tripped and fell over you
    Wanted to heal your wrists shackled in bondage
    Saw you in front of Master’s Storefront
    Patronizing his recognition of who you are
    Or rather who he made you
    I was running for my freedom and I saw you
    With your ankles shackled in bondage
    I watched you be sold for $5.00 a pack and a forty ounce
    To keep you bounded Black
    I saw you drowning in gin
    To forget the middle passage you had been in
    I saw strange fruit hanging on the corners shackled
    I tried to break your chains
    I tried to give you the key to let yourself free
    I tried to break your chains
    Found it pulling me into your slumber
    Found it bound and shackling my own Black journey
    I couldn’t break my own self free
    I couldn’t soar no more
    I couldn’t fly for being too high
    I couldn’t even run for my freedom
    I told you, brotha, we gotta run tonight
    You said not until a ***** get his head tight
    You say a brotha need a job
    So he ain’t gotta rob from another Black man
    But how you gonna be free
    With a gun
    A drink
    A fat spliff,
    And a remote in your hand
    I asked you if you was ready to go
    But you sat shackled there watching the Sports post-game show
    So I keep running
    Running for my freedom
    Running

    I was running for my freedom and saw you shackled there
    Getting your nails done or was it doing you hair
    Raising your tribe without a Black King
    Waiting for the one who just came to come Black
    But he got his own cotton to pick and his own field to plow
    Now, you know falling in Black love ain’t allowed in the game
    That’s a shame you still waiting for a Black sunrise
    With your third eye blinded
    Asking me if you could have a few Black dollars to borrow
    Till you pick up your food stamps tomorrow
    Asking me if I can Black babysit
    So, you can find a one night Black love to shackle with
    I was running for my freedom and took your chains off
    So, you could run with me
    But you said a Black Queen
    Without a Black King can’t never be free
    So, I left you bounded in all your ghetto pride
    Doing your hair and waiting for your nails to dry
    Left you waiting on the next brotha to game you out your royalty
    As I was running, I heard you yelling bout
    A Black Queen just ain’t never gonna be
    And I keep running
    Running
    Running
    I was running for my freedom
    Running

    I was running for my freedom
    Ran into you and fell straight on my Black
    Watched you put the chains on my blackness
    Tried to get me to believe your lies of the story he told
    The one that started in the middle,
    His Story
    The one that had Black all sold
    But how you gonna tell a story bout me
    Don’t even begin when I was free
    My story don’t start with no shackles on
    My story don’t start with no master’s plan
    My story don’t start with no emancipation
    My story don’t start at the beginning of no bus
    No underground railways
    My story don’t even know no Jim Crow
    My story begins being a Queen in the Motherland
    With a Black King ruling with a loving clan
    My story begins with a Black reign
    Not a Black gang
    I wasn’t no color
    I was a tribe
    When I was a warrior nobody called me a convict
    When I was a Queen nobody called me a Black bit**
    When I was running for my freedom
    I realized slavery left me without authenticity
    I realized slavery left me with a lost identity
    I realized I was drowning in a pool of Black sweat
    When I was running to be free
    I woke up and found myself as your slave trade employee
    Sold me for a talk about
    Being an equal opportunity employer
    Why I still got chains on
    Why I still got Black chains on
    Why I still got these Black chains on
    ……..I’m Black gone
    Black people is you coming?
    Cuz I gotta keep running
    Running
    Running for my freedom
     
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    $$RICH$$ Lyon King Admin. STAFF

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    wow! very deep ROX .....u open eyes wit dis flow
     
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    mannnn l would love to hear u speak this one!
    this was/is/will be one of my favorites...

    *whoa*
     
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    Roxanne Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Again...

    I thank you for sharing. This is one of my favorites. Praise God for freedom of speech.

    Peace & God Bless:kiss:
     
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    i'm runnin wit cha...
    extremely tyte scribe...
    peace
    khasm
     
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    hey Roxanne
    this is wonderful
    make you think
    about those invisble
    chain..you are so
    pure on this
    thank you for sharing
    Peace
     
  7. Roxanne

    Roxanne Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Good To Know...

    I ain't gotta run by myself!:)
     
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    Bravo sista. :bowdown:
    This was a very powerful piece. It seems every where I go I am reminded I'm not free. This was very eye opening and I send much peace of mind and :heart: to you for sharing. If no one else will run with you, know I'm running. :toast:
     
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    I've just been educated :)
    U didnt see me runnin beside u :)
    keep up hope...someday....someday...
     
  10. Roxanne

    Roxanne Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Track Stars...

    We are, and it don't even matter that it's long distance. We gonna run 'til freedom Cries & dries her eyes.

    :kiss:
     
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