Black Poetry : WHO'S REALLY FREE ??

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  1. GYPSYMAN

    GYPSYMAN Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    WHO'S REALLY FREE

    EXISTING IN THIS WILDERNESS
    IN A STATE OF COMBAT FATIGUE
    CANT SLEEP WITH THE
    CLACK ! CLACK !
    OF THE BIRD BLADES HOVERIN'
    SMOTHERED BY THE CONVERSATIONS
    OF A.K.'S
    BACK N' FORTH
    IN A CRUMBLING ECONOMY
    SOON TO COLLAPSE
    ON BENT BLACK
    BACKS
    WHO
    NAP
    i
    RISE
    TO BLAZE COLORED NIGHTS
    PROJECTS LIKE VIETNAM
    WHERE CRACK BE THE NAPALM
    PASSED FROM BOAT HOLDS
    TO PALMS
    ALL FOR THE CHASE
    OF DEAD FACES
    ON UNBACKED PAPER
    AND THE WORLDWIDE CAPER
    TURNS ON AND ON
    SPINNING PLOTS
    LIKE SATELLITE TRAJECTORIES
    SPYING
    DENYING
    THE LIES BEHIND
    THE LIES
    BEHIND
    THE
    LIES AND THE TIES
    THAT BIND US TO
    THE DIAMOND TRADE AND
    AMPUTEED BABIES
    NO ARMS NO LEGS
    CAUSE WE DESIRE THE KARATS
    FOR THE SHINE
    POSSESING DEADLY
    LIGHT
    IGNORING THE PLIGHT
    BEING CAUSED
    AT THE SOURCE OF
    THIS
    GLOBAL GREED
    BLING ! BLING !
    SWING ! SWING ! THE MACHETE
    CAUGHT IN THE EUPHORIA
    OF THE MOMENT
    MONEY BE LIKE
    CONFETTI
    BOTTOMLESS RICHES
    BE WORTHLESS
    AS MARDI GRAS
    TRINKETS
    PLAY ON PLAYAH'
    PLAY ON PLAYETT
    DEATH COMES WITH MANY FACES
    AND FRESH CASES FROM THE FEDS
    POPULATE BRAND NEW PLACES
    HOWS IT FEEL
    TO
    BE
    A
    MODERN
    DAY
    ....SLAVE.

    WHO'S REALLY FREE ??


    On A Continuous Journey
    GYPSYMAN
     
  2. Afridancr

    Afridancr Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    wondering...

    Will we ever be free? spiritually yes but physically, I don't think so.

    Last night I heard on the news that in Benin there were 200 children on a ship that were captured to be sold as slaves. They even said that some of the parents sell their children as slaves because they're so poor they do it for the money. Seems to me not much has changed in 400 Plus years.

    A friend of mine once told me that he didn't want to work for anybody because even on the job, you're still a slave. When in an interview, they ask you what "position" you're interested in. He pointed out that no matter what way you look at the situation, good benefits/excellent pay/incentives/working conditions, we're still being "fuked!" The more I sat and thought about this the more ticked off I became. I'd been fired for looking like them to get a job, fired for being my nappy headed self and back to looking like them again (weave) for a job. Here I am, still unemployed so I'm going to be ME and pray that God will bless me with employment. Worked a week in a production factory and I hated it. I literally felt like a slave. Folding boxes, stacking boxes, filling and labeling boxes--all while this white supervisor walked around with his whistle giving orders. It was funny because he found himself comparing order #'s to the order form and fuked up. Guess who straightened out his mess....ME!! It's been two weeks, I haven't received my paycheck yet and the agency that sent me there have yet to call me for more work! Tell me that **** ain't slavery/opression!!!!!:(


    sorry for rambling but I TRULY/OBVIOUSLY Felt this piece!

    Afri
     
  3. shaneak

    shaneak Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Issues that we can't run from....

    First and foremost...Gypsyman...This was tight!!! And I'm truly feeling this...

    Just to be stated: We ask ourselves are we truly free...but the truth is we were never free...we as humans were never free...bound to our country..needing a passport just to travel...Vote for a president only to lose the election do to illegal practices...but we trust the government. We sit in our homes and settle for a hussle...fast cash only in the end to get bashed... brutalized and dispuised by our people who think they are now too good to go to the hood...too good to work in a factory but don't have the education nor the motivation to want to strive and do better. Are we free or do we cage ourselves...do we allow ourselves to be slaves.

    Afridancr: You are truly right...what is the use of excellent pay and great benefits? But lets think like this...Because i know tons of people who love and say they want to work for themselves...To tell you the truth that's all i hear in Altanta:) But to work for someone with great benefits...my benefit is rather than me paying almost 200 dollars a month for health insurance or not having it at all to pay...I simply pay 15 dollars every two weeks. Or to work for someone...If you look at it as work then it will be work...your not suppose to do anything you don't enjoy..and your not getting fuked because the truth is...we are fuking each other. I look at like this...i take a company...see what they can offer me...I feed off of what they give me...length of time...hands on experience...and once i don't need them anymore...once i know that i'm worth more than what they are offering me...I move on to the next dumba@@ company that i can use to gain experience... stock... benefits...and so once again the question is who is still making themselves a slave and how can they make this world their world as they continue living and striving in it.

    By the way: And as for us college students who the fact that even though we got that great education...if you got the loans..you are still losing..once again...like my poem...Now what shall we be? In debt to the GOV...its all good though... Just make sure that your hard work was for a reason...and not done in vain. Because we are born free...bound to this world by the breath in our bodies...Our bodies need food to eat...we must work to survive... to survive we must make sacrifices...we must do what we can as a humans and the love for ourselves to make it in this world.

    Because me...I've been there...and I'm not ashamed to go back...if I have to...;)
     
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    GYPSYMAN Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Thanks for the Dialogue

    Afri. and Shaneak thankyou both for sharing your experiences and opinions...this I feel is a crucial area for us as a people. I have been a slave all my life to one job or another,even to various styles of livin' and yes even the hustle and all the things that go with it. Today I have my own businss but my wife works for the community college system in our city. You hit the nail on the head Sha' we take what experience and funds we can and move on, now though I believe our next step should be to become self employed, I know, still not completely free yet at least self sufficient. I am taking suggestions as to what the next step is, I believe it is to network with others though, until we have our own corporations , holdings including land, property and businesses that not only have buying power but lending power as well...this is a subject I feel we must discuss and begin to explore in an active manner in order to be a force for change during this new millenium. Once again thanks for your worthy comments.

    Love and Respect

    On A Continuous Journey
    GYPSYMAN
     
  5. amirah

    amirah Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Hmmmmmmm..I'm feelin this peice, GYPSYMAN and it's food for thought:
    W H O' S R E A L L Y F R E E?
    Freedom encompasses much in the physical, mental, spiritual and financial/BLING!BLING! realms,and if any one of us thinks and acts like we're slaves we all are..in a sense..
    "A man caint ride ya back 'less it's bent"
     
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    I'M FREE!,I'M FREE....DANG IT!! I'M FREE I'M FREE DANG IT!!!....

    YES WE THINK WE'RE FREE AND THEN GET BOUND AGAIN AND AGAIN!!!AND YOU JUST HAVE TO ASK YOUR SELF WHO'S REALLY FREE! I UNDERSTAND YA BRAH!! SEEMS THESE DAYS EVEN THE PLAYA'S GETTIN PLAYED. EVERYBODY IS GOING DOWN IN SOMEWAY SHAPE OR FORM AND SOME WAYS AREN'T AS NOTICIBLE OR OBVIOUS BUT IT'S GOING DOWN JUST THE SAME.YOU HAVE A VOICE GYPSYMAN THAT'S WHAT I LIKE ABOUT YOU.THANKS FOR THE READ.THANKS FOR SHARING THIS POEM WITH US.I LOVE IT.THANKS!
    Desert Storm
     
  7. GYPSYMAN

    GYPSYMAN Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Peace Amirah...Truly you speak the truth...we no doubt must learn to have the confidence and rid ourselves of any remnant of a "slave mentality". I believe this mentality comes in many forms succesful or just makin' it. I must say though with this peice I Also, wanted to point out the horrors being commited on the continent of Africa behind the Diamond trade...I wondered if many knew that there are thousands of young children getting there hands, arms ,feet and various other body parts macheted off due to companies like DEBEERS raping and exploiting certain areas of africa for the exorbitant amounts of wealth being gained from consumers right here in the U.S. black and white..legit and unlegit..bling blingin' or simply wedding ringin'.
    Do we chose to perpetuate this mutilation just to "shine".
    This is real goin' on right now by the thousands.
    Thanks again Amirah


    On A Continuous Journey
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    GYPSYMAN Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    ONE LOVE !!

    Thanks Desert Storm...I love You for your voice as well.

    Let us break
    these ties
    that bind
    our minds
    pitting
    our bodies
    against
    our
    spirits.


    On A Continuous Journey
    GYPSYMAN
     
  9. Afridancr

    Afridancr Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    the horror of it makes me angry

    there's this brotha I know from Senegal who was talking about the **** that's taking place in Africa and has been for years.

    "the horrors being commited on
    the continent of Africa behind the Diamond trade...I wondered if many knew that there are thousands of young children getting there hands, arms ,feet and
    various other body parts macheted off due to companies like DEBEERS raping and exploiting certain areas of africa for the exorbitant amounts of wealth"

    I knew about Debeers exploiting and raping Africa for it's diamonds. However, I had no idea they were mutilating children for the wealth. No matter what the reason or what they did to get what their capitolistic ***** wanted...it's WRONG and I feel so helpless sometimes. This is why I don't patronize any jewlry store!! I don't wear diamonds and I don't wear gold. I do wear silver but haven't purchased any in a while and don't intend to unless it's from an African vendor! Furthermore, I can make my own!!!!

    *ticked off searching for a way to channel my anger/pain*
     
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    Gypsy,

    I am shaking....
    literally shaking because there is movement in the room...
    and its taking form because of those who seek truth..
    of what's real...
    seek truth..
    this is what i do... this is what i like...
    conversations that open the doors of the mind...
    thank you dear poet for the root.

    in answer to your question, who's really free....
    raising my hand..
    I AM free..

    FREEDOM...
    is nothing more.. nothing less...
    than THE STATE OF YOUR MIND....
    i think
    money is nothing more than a tool..
    Yet most of us become slaves to it...
    this thread confirms that..

    looking at it from a distance... we probably resemble hampsters on one of those trails...
    stepping out of one box, right into another

    thanks again brotha

    8th Wonder

    ~always conciously competent~
     
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