Black Poetry : The River Rises

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  1. Heartbeat

    Heartbeat Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    The mighty Mississippi roars
    Spirits of my people gather on the banks
    With each rising wave
    Excitement in the spirits soar

    They sit and wonder
    Have the chains rusted away?
    Has rotted flesh and bone slipped through the shackles?
    Will sons of Kings float to the top?
    The spirits watch
    As the river rises

    Not so many years ago
    Jim Crow fished this river so wide
    Superiority the Klansmen's catch
    Fishing with the smiles of hate
    Black men cruelly used as bait
    The river rises
    The spirits wait

    Mark Twain be damned
    There is no mystery to the Mighty Mississippi
    The story of this river is told through the tears of widows
    Through the midnight cries of fatherless sons and daughters
    The river is torturously dark
    The reason known by all
    As the river rises
    Spirits of my people call

    (c) BE,2000
     
  2. shaneak

    shaneak Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Yo!!!

    this was DHA BOMB!!!! I AM TOTALLY...DEFINITELY....digging this.. Your words were crisp..sharp and to the point. The were so true..I felt them pulling at my soul. LIke they were calling me. this is dha Bomb!!! Truly dhat bomb. I am really loving this...
     
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    they called out for change...

    in the attitude of their forechildren


    the spirits of my people cried out
    fallen shackles in the deep rang out
    and TRUTH rose up...to the top

    they sat on the bank
    of the river of life

    WHY

    they asked
    of a people resembling them
    only in their shades of darkness

    WHY

    they cried
    as they watched from the bank
    ...wondering what has become of us

    WHY

    why do you do the things you do
    why do you prey on each other
    we died for you
    why do you destroy your families
    and say "i'm da bomb"
    remember your history
    do you know where you came from

    the swell of the river continued
    but sorrow of the spirits grew
    so they dipped back into the river
    'cause they didn't like what we do.

    :(

    crying.

    BEAUTIFUL FLOW, BE.
    sorry for dampening the spirit of the flow.

    One
     
  4. Heartbeat

    Heartbeat Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Thank you Poets. Baller...truth never dampens, it only enlightens. Thanks

    BE
     
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    GYPSYMAN Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    TYGHT !!!

    YOU HAVE HONORED OUR ANCESTORS WITH THIS SHARD OF SHEER TRUTH..EXCELLENT PEICE...PERIOD.

    On A Continuous Journey
    GYPSYMAN
     
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    N2urSoul Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Educate the masses...BE

    This piece is very thought provoking & speaks to me in many different ways.

    Great depth!

    Oneluv.
     
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    $$RICH$$ Lyon King Admin. STAFF

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    JUST GOT ME SITTING HERE

    IN AMAZING GRACE
    FORTH THEY COMETH UPON US
    I LOVE DES PIECE.........THANX
     
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