Black Poetry : Thru Salted Tears

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  1. Harry Hyman

    Harry Hyman Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Thru Salted Tears

    I was King, she was Queen in a land of Pearls.
    Science, Art and Reason were gifts we gave the world.
    Over 10,000 years, we ruled with tolerance
    while the rest of the world was bathed in ignorance.

    One day over the horizon, the Ocean Devils came
    and our world and our lives would forever lose their Fame.
    Lies and deceit they used without care
    and their weapon of submission was one called Fear.
    Chained to the ship and bolted to its floor,
    I almost perished at Death's dark door.

    They sold my mammy and sold my pappy,
    sold my sis and her two kids.
    I stepped up on the auction block.
    The man said "Sold" to the highest bid.

    I picked cotton and tobacco and peas and corn
    in the sun, twenty four seven and dreaded the dawn.
    Some were hung. Some were shot. Some were boiled in oil.
    Some just gave up and fell and vanished under soil.

    When men breathe Gold and Silver
    and inhale those smells of Power,
    the wind of Reason chokes
    and distils a poison sour.

    No longer are they Christian.
    They've forgotten friend and brother.
    Now, Gold is God and rules the day
    that enslaves one man to another.

    I grimaced and wiped the sweat from my brow and from my face,
    knowing this inhumanity to man would one day about face.
    Thru salted tears I visioned Africa, my heart, my land, my home
    where I was King and saw my Queen atop a sapphire throne;

    where sunbaked Pyramids on glistening sand
    testify the endurance of God in Man;
    where Temple priests of rank and file
    poured knowledge in our minds on the banks of the Nile.

    The maternal Love in the eyes of our Sphinx
    was civilization's progress watched link by link.
    These are but a few in our Chain of Fame
    when over the sea the Ocean Devils came.

    And tho’ Time chews events and men then swallows
    digesting the pasts of great tomorrows
    while gobbling the morsels off future trays
    and the crumbs of magnificent yesterdays,

    you’ll know that the genes that did make me
    and the ones that now make you
    are endowed with survival strategies
    spanning thousands of centuries true.

    For I am the ancestor anchored within
    speaking heart and mind and sanity
    that one fight is the death of all attempts
    to dwarf our Humanity.

    Namyh
     
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    this piece was powerful spoke to me .....very well pose'd
     
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    Powerful Piece, My brother. Thank you for sharing. So many talented poets !! ^5 !!! Loved how you merged in inserts of our rich history !!!!
     
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    Rich – I am indeed honored that you heard the voice in this piece. Thanks for stopping by Rich. Hope this helps when most needed. Namyh

    BlkButterfly – Quite often it’s not that we don’t know. It’s more that we don’t know that we don’t know. And we therefore don't miss what we never knew that we should know. Whoa! That's a brain teaser. So glad to merge inserts of our history that belongs to us like a leg, a heart or a lung. Hope you gained something from this to last. Namyh
     
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    Harry, it is always a treat reading you. A overwhelming piece full of
    pride and accomplishment. What a wonderful and enduring people we are!

    Thank you, for this extraordinary Masterpiece!


    epiphany:heart:
     
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    SAY IT LOUD!...I'M BLACK AND I'M PROUD! [​IMG]


    This was an invigorating and empowering ode to Black history, Brother H!

    LOVED IT!...Yes, I agree, truly, a MASTERPIECE!
    :bowdown:


    Reading THIS, one can't help but sit a bit straighter and stick out one's chest with pride as well as evoking humility in the memory of the accomplishments, abuses, and sacrifices of our ancestors.
     
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    do you know who you are?

    You are a (wordsmith)
    Who air-brush ageless pages
    With flaring penmanship
    That lifts the spirits of those who wish
    An horizon’s kiss
    …A sunset so beautiful it touches the soul
    ~ Of even the most casual observer ~

    YES...you are.

    beautifully done, Mr. Hyman

    the river floweth.
     
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    harry...

    very nicely written, dear poet.
     
  9. Harry Hyman

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    epiphany – We are a more enduring people than we know. We just have to stop overestimating other people’s opinions of who and what we are and stop underestimating our own. We’ve been on this planet longer than any other people and therefore have a living heritage that spans from now back to Man’s first thoughts, first utterances and first footsteps. I just thought I’d write a little about it for those who may not have known. So glad it made a hit with you and thanks epiphany for your enjoyment. Namyh
     
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    Cherry Blossom – CB you never fail to put a blossom in my cherry with your words. When James Brown sang those words. He hit a chord in the black psyche which resonates still loud and proud today. If this work makes one sit up straighter and stick out one’s chest a little more, then I take pride as a soldier who fights the good fight for the mind of man, our mind. And I wrote this to help preserve the memory of the accomplishments, abuses and sacrifices of our ancestors which got us here today and which should never be forgotten, erased or misplaced. Thanks Cherry Blossom. Namyh
     
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