Black Poetry : We Must Never Forget (A Poetic Case For Reparations)

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  1. 7thPoet

    7thPoet Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    “We Must Never Forget”
    (A Poetic Case for Reparations)

    Denial is the longest river
    It's current always destroys
    It's shallow banks
    Refuse to give thanks
    While exclusion and rejection’s employed

    Now America has a problem
    Accepting the facts as they are
    Facing Slavery’s truth
    Is repulsive, uncouth
    And makes for an ugly memoir

    Cause you traded in human beings
    Branded us like we were cows
    Sold us like cattle
    Like no more than chattel
    These facts you cannot disavow

    And with all those acts of evil
    You reveled in celebration
    While you brutally castrated
    We steadily donated
    Our blood fertilized your plantations

    You raped us, lynched us, butchered and burned
    Refused our human rights
    We were tarred, feathered, skinned and spurned
    You worked us by day and by night

    In every aspect of industry
    You’ve thrived off the fruits of our labor
    From apples to zinc
    We’ve been the link
    Through Slavery America’s been favored

    Socially, educationally, economically
    You flourished while we were denied
    Yet if it weren’t for us
    This country’d be dust
    Its commerce would surely have died

    And for this you say you won’t pay
    Won’t even apologize
    But why should you pay the debt,
    That you’re your forefather’s let
    Cause you prosper from all their lies

    Indeed, “we must never forget”
    A phrase we should all preserve
    Concerning lives that were lost
    In the Jews Holocaust
    And that’s no more than we deserve

    So why should we forget ours
    When monuments are built to theirs
    Are they superior, are we inferior
    Were theirs' better than our forebears'

    And please remember good people
    Their tragedy was on foreign soil
    But the bodies of Slaves
    Are in American graves
    Yet few tributes to our turmoil

    America you’d best wake up
    Cause Lazarus has risen from the gate
    Pay the debt you owe
    So the country can grow
    And learn how to love, stead of hate

    We want our acres and our mule
    You’ve had yours for generations
    Now its time we were paid
    From the fortunes you made
    Its time for Slave reparations

    And we must never forget!

    Copyright Ty Gray-EL December 2003
     
  2. watzinaname

    watzinaname Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    All of your words were strong and convincing, but these lines had me nodding in agreement:
    And for this you say you won’t pay
    Won’t even apologize
    But why should you pay the debt,
    That you’re your forefather’s let
    Cause you prosper from all their lies

    The first argument often said, is that "we" didn't do anything, so why should "we" have to pay or say we're sorry. You made your poetic point very clearly. Keep writing, I'll keep reading poet.
     
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    $$RICH$$ Lyon King Admin. STAFF

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    dis was felt within 7thpoet
    keep speaking clear here ......tyte drop wit wisdom
     
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    7th,

    You are indeed a master of words. I am a big fan. Great job, family
     
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    :toast: :toast: :toast: :toast:

    Beautiful, beautiful piece.
     
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    MADDRAPPER Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    7thPoet yeh this is tight bu tlet me drop a punchline up in here

    Some cats wanna rise and surge but don’t have wise words
    Everybody recognize nerds say what you surprise by birds?
    Flap wings and wrap bling around neck a clown never correct
     
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    The case for reparations that has been made by you, we stand firmly behind. Well done!
     
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    hmmm...it's clear where you stand on this issue and I must say your voice is one to be reckoned with....so compelling this peace was...

    Your words stirred within my belly like fire...

    Once again...You've captured my total attention "Heavenly Messenger"

    Allow me to show praise for this peace...

    :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown:
     
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    7thPoet Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    thank all of you sincerely, with all my heart.
    i really, truly appreciate being here and i sincerely believe that this family and this community will be and is a major contributing factor in our peoples rise.

    so much so that i have decided to not only invest with words but with my dollars as well...thank you for being here

    and thank you for accepting me... :heart:
     
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    Reply to 7th Poet

    Denial is the worlds longest river
    Its current births death like labor can deliver
    Low banks speak not thanks, nor tell what it has destroyed
    While exclusion and rejection is employed​
     
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