Black Poetry : The Nadir 2008

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  1. Legacy21

    Legacy21 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I could cry for you
    Broken revolutionary strumming Kumbaya and
    We Shall Overcome on snapped guitar strings
    You loved King but feared Malcolm
    Like your own Blackness
    Un-natural as bleached skin on Africans

    We no longer speak native tongues
    We drum traditions into oblivion
    Desiring to forget our oppression
    We become American; a stranger to our own blood
    Attempt to assimilate
    In hopes of acceptance
    Rejection is a two way street

    You weren’t born to butter melting pot theories
    Just shine like monoliths dedicated to the Gods
    You once were

    My people perish for a lack of acknowledging
    Their own identities
    Your heritage is the great mystery
    Trapped in the questioning eyes of the children
    Babies die young with untruths on their tongues
    Unanswered questions burning in their parched throats

    Ancestors puddle pain in the rain clouds
    Shower tears for our abused skin
    We internalize hatred
    Speak, shout, scream and sing it
    To one another
    Wrong tracks being played on
    Our radios and arms
    This environment causes us harm

    The sun does not dispel the Nadir
    We are still suffering


    I hear heart beats breaking
    Sluggish steps and restless spirits
    How many more martyrs
    Before the people hear truth and not
    Fear it
    Not fear your own image or power
    No longer devoured in darkness
    Wrapped thick around throats
    Like rope chokers

    Billie sung her tears for you
    Dripping middle passage mourning
    Miles sighed a blue note for you
    On midnights where onyx skin
    Absorbs azure agony
    Sam sung of a change
    That would one day come
    My people are numb
    Icing their pain on the backside of the sun

    How do we outrun our own shadows?

    I wish I could bury hope in your chest
    Split your cavity wide and reveal your love
    Wish you would love yourself
    The way sun caresses brown skin
    Reverently
    Revel in the warmth of the blood in your veins
    Children of the Sun

    Change will come
    Change will come
    Change will come


    If you unshackle your mind
    Believe in the beauty of self
    Embrace the wealth of your worth
    Renounce Biblical curses
    Experience rebirth

    Change will come, change will come, change will come
    And I know…


    If you become and let it
    BE
     
  2. Da Street So'ja

    Da Street So'ja Banned MEMBER

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    change for the better i hope

    good to hear from you again

    loved that line

    loved the spirit of the whole piece

    that's the power we draw from to keep us going even in this present day

    from all the damage we've been exposed to

    feeling the power baby
     
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    awesome creation....i enjoyed this piece
     
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    Your word usage is incredible as always, breathing life into your scribes. Allowing ourselves to open up to our hidden treasures, a change will come. Welcome back.
     
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    I am sitting here awestruck> I think you just earned yourself a new fan. I loved the vibe of this andd the underlying message was so intense and real
     
  6. Legacy21

    Legacy21 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Many thanks good people.
     
  7. Lataisha Nicole

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    this piece is very nice and very true, too often we as a people try to hide who we are so that we may be acceptable or pleasing to others, others that could less anyway they taught us to early on to hate ourselves and i sadly acknowledge in many aspects they have been successful, and no amount of time will eradicate that kind of damage.
     
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