Black Poetry : The other Night I saw Six Stars

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  1. HODEE

    HODEE Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    The other night I saw six stars
    Shaped like the one sung and
    Mentioned in old slave songs

    It was directly over my house
    For three nights I went outside
    Late each night to view the site

    The First Night they were upright
    Overhead, directly over my yard

    I felt blessed

    One side had an arc
    In the handle and the others
    Clearly looked like a cup

    The Second Night the cup
    Was tilted half way like it was
    Allowing me to drink and
    Quench my thirst of the day

    The Third Night it moved
    And was tilted full tilt
    Pouring all it had on to me

    And then I felt the drift

    It took me back
    To salve readings I have done

    It had me thinking
    The earth and stars were one

    It had me thinking
    It was pouring out the gifts that it shown
    Down on mankind

    Not just for me
    For this earth could use one

    A miracle

    I thought an awaking of sorts

    A guide
    That has been with us
    For so many years

    So wonder what I am saying
    And the stars I speak about

    It was the stars that
    Make up the Drinking Gourd.

    When the slaves were shown
    How to find their way North

    This they followed and it showed them the way

    Six stars make up the set.

    As I watched this fantastic set of stars

    From my backyard on those three nights
    I felt it was quenching the thirst

    I have for life and showing me the way.
     
  2. queentswana

    queentswana Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    The stars of slavery, that was I'm sure...a sight to behold...I felt this piece poet
     
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    FANTASTIC!

    *STANDING OVATION!* I LOVED your presentation of this!


    Yes, indeed, "FOLLOW THE DRINKING GOURD!"

    Here's the song:

    When the sun comes back,
    and the first Quail calls,
    Follow the drinking gourd,
    For the old man is waiting
    for to carry you to freedom
    If you follow the drinking gourd.


    Chorus:
    Follow the drinking gourd,
    Follow the drinking gourd,
    For the old man is waiting
    for to carry you to freedom
    If you follow the drinking gourd.

    The riverbank will make a very good road,
    The dead trees show you the way.
    Left foot, peg foot traveling on,
    Following the drinking gourd.

    The river ends between two hills,
    Follow the drinking gourd,
    There's another river on the other side,
    Follow the drinking gourd.

    When the great big river meets the little river,
    Follow the drinking gourd.
    For the old man is waiting
    for to carry you to freedom
    If you follow the drinking gourd.

    http://www.followthedrinkinggourd.org/
     
  4. Da Street So'ja

    Da Street So'ja Banned MEMBER

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    pave the way brethren

    give praise

    :bowdown:
     
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    watzinaname Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Poetry that nourishes the soul. Well now poet, the highest of props to you on this.
     
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    Lataisha Nicole Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Yes, soul food indeed.
    Bless up poet, I pray we all find our way.
     
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    first I loved the title, then I loved the poem. six stars in a inky sky......very good piece, Hodee.
     
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    Hodee - We have a legacy of star reading going back centuries. By reading the stars, we predicted the overflow of the Nile river. By reading them, we discovered the constellations Virgo and Orion which got us Adam and Eve. We saw the rising of a star in the Mer constellation on December 25th. The next thing you know Christmas is here and I'm lookin' for presents. I'm glad to see your interpretation of the six stars indicates replenishment and renewal. Lord knows we can use some. Thanks for putting the stars back into us Hodee. Namyh

    P.S. - Hey, wait a minute! Did I just see a twinkle in my eye ?
     
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    wow ...In da stars lay many past stories and hidden legacy of da past this was on point
     
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