Black Poetry : the value of life

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  1. baller

    baller Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    The Value of Life

    “Excuse me!”

    “Excuse you.
    You betta get yo’ punk *** out my face
    ‘fore I bust a cap in yo’ tired ***
    NOW…KEEP IT MOVING”

    What is the value of a black man’s life
    …To a black man?

    Did we do away with CoMmOn DeCeNcY
    Along with the way things use to be

    What happened to RESPECT and HONOR
    And standing UP for your Momma
    And valuing another man’s life
    Or, respecting his wife

    What is the value of a black man’s life
    …To a black man?

    Is it worth the life of the man
    Who didn’t understand
    When you snatched his wife’s skirt up
    Then flipped your shirt up
    When he stepped to you

    YOU…

    Who’s always demanding RESPECT for you
    Is that the value of a black man’s life to you

    What is the value of one brutha’z life (to another)

    Would you help, if you could
    A young brutha…coming up in da hood
    If he asked for your spare change
    And his story wasn’t too lame
    Would you come out yo’ pocket
    Or, would you reach for the steel…instead of your wallet

    Have we grown beyond our ability to sympathize
    (Between you and I)
    Do we epitomize Stupidity

    LOOK AT US!

    Emotionally scarred
    Psychologically detached

    What’s got us like that

    Is there value in the bones
    Supporting the skin
    That covers the heart of your soul

    When you rose from your slumber
    Did you acknowledge HIS role

    OR…

    Are you so wrapped up in “you” that
    “Love thy neighbor as thy self”
    Doesn’t appeal to you

    Is that true

    The value of my life
    Isn’t based on the attitude of the guy
    With the nine double M
    And the prelim
    That led up to the
    “Whatever I do” response
    To his nonsense
    That escalates to
    “Bang Bang goes the insane man”
    Coz no one understands unnecessary death
    When I try my best

    ~ To just get along ~

    On my own
    I uphold my throne
    But I refuse to be WRONGED
    By ghetto fabulous drones
    Spewing “I gotta get mine” hog wash
    Claiming they can’t quit the game

    ~ But that’s not my aim

    “What is the value of his life to me,”
    You ask

    “I just wish he would do him
    And let me do me
    But…as it is
    He’s got me defending me
    It’s only when I have to choose between my life and his
    That his holds no value for me”

    That’s what too many of us say.

    It’s okay to be “One for all”
    Without worrying about the
    “All for you” that got you here

    Look beyond your torment and pain
    …beyond the social stains
    And monetary gains
    Raining down on you

    Can you refrain from the
    “I got mine” (senti)mentality
    That came with every line of
    “What about us”
    That you refused to heed

    Coz…when ONE BLEEDS…WE all BLEED

    Can you stand to walk away
    From harsh realities made YESTERDAY
    And still respect what the next brutha has to say

    Is it okay to
    One-up-you
    Like them street hustlers do
    When all you’re trying to do
    Is climb up out the barrel

    ~ **** Crabs

    Can you teach one
    To reach (for) one
    When you see a brutha
    Falling (by the way)
    Can you say an encouraging word
    Without sounding too absurd
    In thinking you’re da man, anyway

    The baby in us
    Makes us
    Speak selfishly
    And with so much immaturity
    Talking ‘bout “me…Me…ME”
    Like you can’t see
    There is no “I” in “WE”
    …No “ME” in “US”

    But I trust

    Tomorrow will see you DOWN with “WE”

    Do you understand the depth of this (ocean of) misery
    We’re wading in

    And what about the
    “It takes a village to raise a child,” mentality?

    WHEN…in reality
    It takes the soul of us
    To love the whole of us
    Coz the role of “US”
    Isn’t what it use to be

    “Growth…is an inevitable part of
    Mind, body, and soul
    So, I go where my experiences take me
    I remake me into the best person I can be
    That better shade of me my Momma made me to be
    Not the voice of my people…Just the soul of ME

    YES…A Black Man’s life is worth so much more than (ALL) that…to me


    What happened to the unity
    That once loomed large within the Black community
    ?
    ?
    ?​
     
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    Oh, Brother! You said it!...Like Marvin said, "Make me wanna holla. Throw up both my hands!"


    Yes, we each have to choose between "He aint heavy. He's my brother" or "If I reach out my hand, will he steal my watch?"


    FABULOUS PIECE! Truly a modern-day sociological essay! There are really too many favorite parts for me to quote! The whole was so moving!
     
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    baller Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    cherryblossom

    always ready to heap words of encouragement on any who cross paths with her. i thank you for your KIND WORDS, and the way the RIVER flows from your pen, and your presence in this SPACE.

    the river flows
     
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    Deep piece poet, I applause from the first word, to the very end :bowdown:
    It appears we drop the value of our life ...daily!!
    Awesome work poet :toast:
     
  5. baller

    baller Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    not a too deep piece, Queentswana

    ...just a life piece. it's getting too easy to lose a life...when we're just trying to be neighborly. TELL'EM DAT FOR ME.

    the river floweth
     
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    WOW. I can feel every word and sentiment of these piece all the way soul deep. I love the way you do what you do so keep doing that which you do oh so well. :love:
     
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    Coz…when ONE BLEEDS…WE all BLEED​


    Baller, you always bringz it to the forefront LOUD & CLEAR! As always your flow
    is the bull horn to TRuTh.....Speak it!


    epiphany:heart:
     
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    baller Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    asimplepoet...

    i'm glad this touched you so. we complain that we--black men--are an endangered specie...coz of the incarceration rate, and our chances once we're in the hands of those who vow to SERVE and PROTECT. but, when we consider what we do to each other, who would you say is the deadliest predator?

    e...my words ring LOUD & CLEAR to those who SEE as i do...and THINK as i do...and DO as i do. so, to US i say...WE must set the example for those who don't see and think and do as we do. THANK YOU...for your kind words.

    the river floweth.
     
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