Black Poetry : The English Language

Discussion in 'Black Poetry - Get Your Flow On!' started by Phenomenon, Jul 8, 2008.

  1. Phenomenon

    Phenomenon Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    You see, it all started with See...Spot...Run
    And then it levitated with higher levels of print
    Where the lungs smell a scent of English
    Delicious to the soul and refreshing to the brain
    We introduce ourselves proudly by saying our American name
    While we praise this language
    Raised in this language to personalize expression
    We speak as if our English could knock down buildings
    But when it's mastered
    We have actors dressing up speech to be ignorant
    Manipulating it to their own satisfaction
    So the beginners of language
    Can be easily tricked at birth
    Two year olds saying Fcku you, is not cute
    Five year olds saying Fcku me is certainly
    Not the direction English class should have taken
    When we learn how to piece together feelings through words we
    Learn how to express things like hate
    And jealousy
    And pride
    And prejudice
    Familiar tastes that reside on American tongues
    Speaking love is hard, teaching how to say I love you is easy
    But I can't teach you how to mean it
    Meaning it comes from experience
    When the heart can't explain in this language
    On how they may feel about someone
    But I think America might need to go back to English class
    Not because judgments classify black people
    To not speak proper English
    But because English allows everyone to speak judgments
    It allows us to place cultures in boxes
    Trying to make them remember this is not their original soil
    This is not Asia and this is not Africa
    So you better learn your English because this is...America
    Not tolerant of things we don't understand
    We're actually terrified of things we don't understand
    So we will take your hand and force you to write English
    Force you to spill English from the foreign cracks of your teeth
    Until you learn the way we conformers speak
    Didn't you know that the English language defines us
    It determines whether we're smart enough
    Whether we're rich enough to be a part of an American dream
    Where Spanish is just not seen as its equal
    We've programmed into our tradition
    that it if ain't, I mean isn't English
    Then you can't be accepted in this dominant way of speaking
    If you can't talk right, then you must be dumb as hell
    Or you must just be too cultural
    They want you bilingual so Corporate America can corrupt all races
    Teachers take their time in spaces
    Where little Maria from Brazil, just can't get it
    So if they can't learn it, just call them a minority
    Since numbers show that minorities have the worst trouble learning anyway
    What more would it hurt to curse proud customs
    Just because the English language forces children to forget them
    The best beauty we see is Americanized
    And there's still some ugly in these states
    The letters of the Alphabet were diverse to me
    Simple to a native but one of the most complicated languages in the world
    Because it's a divine privelege to be American or European
    I ain't, I mean it isn't no, I mean it isn't a easy ticket
    To learn a new language and then worship it
    I love English, because it rolls off my soul so easily
    But if I had the creativity to translate my poetry
    I believe that no matter what tongue a language is bleeding from
    God hears all of the words He created with the same meaning
    So I think we need to stop these limits on language
    Stop the stereotypes that create social anguish
    The word was always God and God was always the word
    And His words are beautiful
    So when you express in hate
    And in jealousy
    And in pride
    And in prejudice
    Just know that it's not proper English
    But if I could have the creativity
     
  2. AgAbus

    AgAbus Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    uMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM there is only one word to describe this! D**N!!!!!!!!!! This is hype! But you know it.
     
  3. Phenomenon

    Phenomenon Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Disreguard the last line, it's suppose to stop at it's not proper English
     
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    $$RICH$$ Lyon King Admin. STAFF

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    Teach it and correct da english
     
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    Da Street So'ja Banned MEMBER

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    ok

    well put

    amen
     
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    watzinaname Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    A lot of what's seen as proper English, seems like snotty, look down your nose at folks to me. What's so proper about that? This was on point, poet of the week, do flow on.
     
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