Quiet Poetry Lounge : Welfare J O B (Welfare Mentality)

Discussion in 'Black Poetry - Get Your Flow On!' started by cocobutterskyn, Jun 28, 2001.

  1. cocobutterskyn

    cocobutterskyn Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    LOOT twice a mont.
    Access card, always gat my grub.
    Hell! I's gat da bombest healf card.
    Dis projec I's liv'n in ain't cos'n me a dayum thang.
    I ain't gotta NO ****! Dis J O B be hea fo'eva,
    all's I gotta do is sit on my *** and collec.
    Dey be diss'n me, play'n me, say'n I's gotta be
    down dat dayum caseworkas office or
    I ain't gonna gat my LOOT. Hell!
    Dis all I's gotta do fo all dis LOOT?
    ****, fo'gat all ya'll,
    I's keep'n my welfare J O B.


    (This isn't in all cases, but it's reality for some):(

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    coco, this is too real. nice work.

    sad but true.

    one
     
  3. cocobutterskyn

    cocobutterskyn Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    A sigh of relief

    Kem, I decided to write that at the end of my poem, because I read this to a friend who I thought would understand I wasn't putting down people, but only depicting some cases. Well, he was offended by it and didn't think it was funny at all. I took it has some people find it difficult to see the bad in their people. I feel you can be for your people without being blind to the wrong they may do. I tried to explain to him that I wasn't putting down or making fun of anyone. I was only reading about what I've seen and heard FIRST HAND. My Aunt is a retired Caseworker and her husband was the Director of a district Welfare office. I've had lunch with them numerous times and while waiting for them I view such sad things from braiding their boyfriends hair right there in the office, children there in their pajamas while their mothers were dressed to the T, arguements with caseworkers concerning why they weren't receiving their money or foodstamps, my Aunt being call out of her name. I could go on and on forever. When my Aunt used to tell me situations that happened at work and talked about how bad some people were I used to think she was just being uppity, until I witness it with my own 2 eyes. That guy and I are nolonger conversing, but I believe sooner or later he will see under a different light than he is now.
    I thank you for your reply and seeing my poem for what it is instead of what you think it should be. Tho, I feel you're A LOT more HARSH, but hey! Some people need that to snatch them into reality.


    Blak, Thank you. Your approval means a lot to me. :)
    There was great hesitation in posting this piece.

    MadLove:heart: to you both, Coco
     
  4. Reason

    Reason Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Hey Nah!

    Coco this is all to true in some cases... prob most cases. Dug the way you dropped it!

    Glad to have made your aquaintance and I look forward to reading more of you.

    Reas
     
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    if they could only see themselves...tihis is definietly on point cocoa...yous knows imma feelin this one
     
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    Welfare J O B

    I'm not sure how to look at this. I've seen it and it holds true in many cases. I just try not to judge. What works for some may not work for others....
     
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    UbZoRbShUn Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    coco

    personally I enjoyed the piece. You got to strike when the iron is hot. sure this could have been suga coated this but would the passion have been received.

    I like the way you brought it. this is a very controversial topic in our community. Kem I like what you said as well. I am heading to the forum and check it out. My two sisters and myself were dependant on those checks for a while they put food on the table. Never once did my mother tell us this was a way of life. She used it because she had to. I give my mother mad props because she raised us to be strong,independant women. Got a good paying job, went to school to receive her RN degree, all while keeping us in line. I sometimes wonder if the system wasn't available what would have happened to us.


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  8. Da Street So'ja

    Da Street So'ja Banned MEMBER

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    it's the mentality

    but unfortunately many are caught by the mentality
    so i agree with your statement
     
  9. cocobutterskyn

    cocobutterskyn Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Kem, I think you maybe correct on the dialect. Maybe that's what bothered him. I don't know, maybe I should ask him.
    I'm on my way to the forum. It'll be a very interesting forum.

    Zorb, You're right there are many of us who have been in the system, but as you said your mother used it until she get on her feet and left it behind for bigger and better things.(another success story of a strong black woman) No condition is permanent unless we make it permanent. I agree with you concerning what would've happen had the system not been there. It does help.

    Shaneak, I'm sorry if this poem comes across as if I'm judging. It wasn't my intention.

    Dnommo, lol....danks fo feel'n me, yous aight!:)

    Reason, The feeling is mutual. I've read some of your work and I enjoyed every word.

    So'ja, So true.

    Thanks everyone for your replies.

    MadLove:heart: Coco
     
  10. shaneak

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    Please....

    NO apologies needed. That is your perception which is fine. I look at it every time I go home. But what is there for me to say. That's what they know...so go wit what you know. Just don't feel a need to comment on it. Because it isn't just our kind who gets down like dhat anyway....
     
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