Black Poetry : the new sound

Discussion in 'Black Poetry - Get Your Flow On!' started by mensahpoetic, Sep 11, 2002.

  1. mensahpoetic

    mensahpoetic Active Member MEMBER

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    of whose nature do we
    mimic?
    minds mutated &
    our legacy voices become muted
    and silence
    is embraced as the new slang.

    ...dreams pile...
    sunflower seed shells commemorate our
    heritage.
    but we are not merely their mistake from
    a triangular trade that fell into a
    irreparable depression.
    we are sun-trippers & lovers
    who ask for peace as a
    reparation payment.

    faith in equality
    an impoverished religion...
    eyes syrup-thick with longing for
    salvation, they breathe cold sighs &
    smiles freeze into ice grills.
    we study elder bones & drain
    the marrow in search of a new pain-numbing high.
    ...we are centuries' December waiting
    for may...
    black skin blends pride with
    subjugation
    ...and we descendants of the amalgamation
    are the new sound.

    altruistic with our creations,
    the arts we build from
    sweaty double-shifts
    become that which is the
    highest form of flattery
    ...and we are scientific in
    the love of ourselves
    the past that paved our way
    ...and the captors who
    reap the benefits of
    melanin & shackles'
    matrimony.

    accountability has enough lanes for everyone
    ...so we
    end placating ourselves with the
    pursuit of their happiness
    and find our own way to
    choreograph our existence on
    the surface of the sun,
    looking under rocks & hard places to
    catch 22 & and coral it under
    the holy number 7 to
    unearth the heaven
    ...we so desperately seek...
    and ask ancestors to lead the requiem for this
    passing age withered from exhaustion.

    our words will be the induction ceremony into
    righteousness,
    yes
    one day we will be righteous...
    sturdy from the stiffness of standing on our own,
    erect
    from the spine of our biography that bends its truth
    for no one,
    proud
    from the understanding that we too are great
    we too can climb mountains & birth giants out of babies
    we too can inherit the wealth of god's vernacular
    and speak His tongues
    we too are more than blacks in these cold echoes of
    generational displacement & inequality.
    they want us to absolve them
    and we still seek their thumbs up
    ...and one day, they will be absolved
    we will find ourselves in the re-affirmation of our afrika
    and everybody in between will clap to drum kicks &
    applaud the joyous event of we earth-dwellers
    finally understanding that we all are connected
    affected by the twist of the planet
    and the love of one has the potential to birth the
    love for all.

    ?
     
  2. alyce

    alyce Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Brotha Mensah!

    ((((((((STANDING OVATION))))))))


    this piece is a masterwork in its entirety.... but may I point out what is for me, the heart and soul of this joint:

    "accountability has enough lanes for everyone
    ...so we
    end placating ourselves with the
    pursuit of their happiness
    and find our own way to
    choreograph our existence on
    the surface of the sun,
    looking under rocks & hard places to
    catch 22 & and coral it under
    the holy number 7 to
    unearth the heaven
    ...we so desperately seek...
    and ask ancestors to lead the requiem for this
    passing age withered from exhaustion.

    our words will be the induction ceremony into
    righteousness,
    yes
    one day we will be righteous...
    sturdy from the stiffness of standing on our own,
    erect
    from the spine of our biography that bends its truth
    for no one,
    proud
    from the understanding that we too are great
    we too can climb mountains & birth giants out of babies
    we too can inherit the wealth of god's vernacular
    and speak His tongues
    we too are more than blacks in these cold echoes of
    generational displacement & inequality.
    they want us to absolve them
    and we still seek their thumbs up
    ...and one day, they will be absolved
    we will find ourselves in the re-affirmation of our afrika
    and everybody in between will clap to drum kicks &
    applaud the joyous event of we earth-dwellers
    finally understanding that we all are connected
    affected by the twist of the planet
    and the love of one has the potential to birth the
    love for all.

    ?"



    I repeat, you are much too deep.

    alyce
     
  3. mensahpoetic

    mensahpoetic Active Member MEMBER

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    thank you alyce! :)....I'm so happy that you felt my words so deeply...again, thank you so much for reading my work...
     
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    DaFlavaFul Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    excellent! absolutely thought prevoking! my hat off to ya!
     
  5. mensahpoetic

    mensahpoetic Active Member MEMBER

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    thanks for checking me out, DaFlavaFul :D
     
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    sraheem2 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Your work is profound, Brotha Mensah. Please keep sharing your thoughts. It is like rain on parched, dry earth.

    Peace

    Saleem
     
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    $$RICH$$ Lyon King Admin. STAFF

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    dis was off da hook here as i take it all in
    deep thoughts
    flow head on !!!
     
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    poeticmensi.


    ...mysweetlilrevolutionarybaby! :D

    what did i tell you about saying things that
    silence the masses? :wink: not many know
    exact-ly what to say to you after being
    open-ly exposed to the transcendent flows
    that ooze from your passionate&powerful
    pen. (& i ain't just gassin' you up! :lol: )

    you & your vision will change the world... or
    at least assist in shaping the minds of those
    who will follow in your footsteps. :)

    power to the people...
    & OurFamily! :peace:

    i am loving you...
    layna.
     
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    Bishop Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    all snaps my brotha!!!!
     
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    wildflower7 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    i find such peace and solace in this flow...
    this beautiful work of mastered art...
    thank you for sharing.
    -7:spinstar:
     
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