Quiet Poetry Lounge : Way Later Than That (For Ossie Davis)

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  1. OldSoul

    OldSoul Permanent Black Man PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Way Later Than That
    (For Ossie Davis)

    We know Black People were great a few thousand years ago
    And a lot of folks think it was too far back to matter
    But what if we were greater way later than that
    And we were even more outstanding way after that.

    You see, we've had the wool pulled over our eyes
    So well we don't connect to yesterday
    When our fathers and mothers changed the world
    And got no praise nor glory for their bravery and their courage.

    Less than one hundred years ago
    Black People stood up all over america
    Excelling in every profession and endeavor
    Inspiring uprising Black People world-wide.

    Creating wealth and building dynasties
    Growing serious rich within this land of plenty
    Internetworking all over the planet
    Reclaiming our lost and stolen legasies.

    They were driving the human freedom train
    Straight through bombings, lynchings and riots
    Around sharecropping, jim crow and the klan
    To leave something for us, their children's children.

    Then came the attacks and the train hijacked
    The mobs and the governments holding hands
    Organized criminals openly stole our wealth
    And gangstered us up with hoodlum stories.

    Under death threats no one told us the truth
    Made us believe that our people had no value
    Telling the world that we were just not worthy
    Till we became the shadows of those former slaves.

    The biggest grand theft in modern history
    Stole our minds so we would not be
    White washed so well that we cant see
    What really happened in the land of liberty.

    --©2-4-05--
     
  2. queentswana

    queentswana Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Yes, that's correct, at one time we did have it all, they didn't kill it...just put us to sleep for a very long time. And I must tip my hat to them, they did a hell of a job. Needless to say, the root of our ancestors was so strong...today their wisdom lives through the best of us...You're one of the living proofs.
    Wonderful write up, we do need to hear, what you have to say. And thanks for the wisdom, you seem to spread across the globe.
     
  3. watzinaname

    watzinaname Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    "We know Black People were great a few thousand years ago
    And a lot of folks think it was too far back to matter
    But what if we were greater way later than that
    And we were even more outstanding way after that."


    It's now way after that, and we are outstanding, sadly, we just don't realize it. If this piece doesn't make you think, then I don't know what will. Thank you for this brotha.
     
  4. 1poetsought

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    True that, OldSoul, true that.
     
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    $$RICH$$ Lyon King Admin. STAFF

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    word up! and the greatness we have instill within us is beyond compare
    you so on point here .
     
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    all i can say is awesome flow true indeed very well done....Angel
     
  7. angelicsage

    angelicsage Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    You are a beacon whose light...ILLUMINATES THIS FORUM WITH WISDOM...
    that could only come from an Old Soul...

    Immense love to you for this piece!
    Sage
     
  8. deepy

    deepy going above and beyond PREMIUM MEMBER

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    well said oldsoul...well said..and oh so real
     
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    thats is a great poem OldSoul!!
     
  10. watzinaname

    watzinaname Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Still thanking you for the wisdom that you share...
     
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