Black Poetry : Too Close to Home?

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  1. Amun-Ra

    Amun-Ra Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Kilamajaro in the morning mists, grows graceful to the sky.
    Kill a man or a woman revenge circumvents any reason why.
    Mighty lions of the Nile lord above the precocious pride.
    Others dream in deadly anonymity for those who have died.
    Blurred cheetahs chase across the Serengeti Plain.
    Bone yards, pools of infant blood, a world going insane.
    Kings and queens, distant relatives, regal next of kin,
    bloated black bodies float united until the river’s end.
    Strutting Ray-Ban peacocks plunder, pillage and rape
    while diseased box canyons provide dangerous escape.
    Tainted blood, cankered sores paint scars on the tribal floor
    The truth offers a crimson light for those led to explore
    From a distance, long range cameras offer idyllic views
    of zebras and lumbering elephants deflecting daily news.
    Dank heart of darkness, red eyes stare ahead
    over piles of rotting corpses, putrefying bodies of the dead.
    Voices of hope, silenced in secrecy and hidden jails.
    Foreign aid junkies sell that which is not for sale.
    Freshly herded leaders favor facades of romance,
    blocking outrageous reality, marring any chance
    to understand the truth sprung deeply from dark loins,
    missing out on the enigma of both sides of the coin.
    Still, fresh foliage and hope grows bolder further to the south
    where freedom teeters tenuously on liberty’s furrowing plough.
    Memory paints sapphire ocean around Goree transfer site,
    where tear stained walls lay hidden under new stucco white.
    Sun sets in the west, glittering Gold and Ivory Coast,
    eyes across the Atlantic ask questions of the host.
    Look around you dark neighbor, taste the ebony loam
    Is it bitter or is it sweet, is it still that close to home?
     
  2. Tha-Emissary

    Tha-Emissary Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    This is a prolific as well as profound piece. I think this poem demonstrates a great parallel between the plagues of society in the Ivory Coast and what goes in everyday in america in our black communities. My favorite line in this great poem is, "Memory paints sapphire ocean around Goree transfer site,
    where tear stained walls lay hidden under new stucco white." Overall I can only say that this piece does more than hit home it is home. Great Mind & Greater Word! You have my applause!!!
     
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    $$RICH$$ Lyon King Admin. STAFF

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    man u painted something deeper then one can see.
    profound scribe brutha Ra. welcome back home happy to feel ya pen again
     
  4. Amun-Ra

    Amun-Ra Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Good to be back

    riding airplanes was killing my soul and my body--Ra :boring:
     
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    good u finally landed maybe i'll get to hear good ole Mosses someday soon !
     
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    Amun-Ra
    Good to see ya back in the house, Welcome Home Bro.
    I see ya haven't lost ya step..
    awesome drop poet.
    Glad ya had a happy landing.
     
  7. sweettee29

    sweettee29 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    You have a unique talent and truly know how to bring words to life
    excellent write

    Sweettee, love
     
  8. Da Street So'ja

    Da Street So'ja Banned MEMBER

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    yes

    the view from across the pond

    but people are still people

    and yes are lives are more parallel than we think
     
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