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Ode to Tupac

Flava flav, Run DMC,
Digital Underground.
The early 90's I found hip hop.
I found poetry..
Langston Hughes, led to 
Tupac Shakur.
Do you remember "Jada"
and "When ure hero falls"

Flamboyant, charismatic,
a ghetto philosopher..
"Thug Life", "2Pacolipse"
I heard you, I felt your pain,
your struggles...
"All Eyes on me" 
and my favorite,
You inspired me.
many have lost resolve to me, 
by your collaboration with Jodeci.
"Me and my Girlfriend" 
A masterpiece...

Tupac and Biggie,
friends turned vicious enemies.
Five shots, 
an attempted murder plot 
brought conflict and 
a Bill Boards top ten spot...
interactions with Faith,
enhanced Biggies rage
"West coast, East coast"
beef took center stage....
Yet through all of your controversy
you would shock and amaze.

God has judged you my friend!!
I see you in white, sharp
with a glass of "Thug Passion".
When I meet my fate,
I'll see you with Nas 
in "Thugs Mansion"

I love you Pac!!

     This poem is dedicated to one of the greatest artists of all time.
    Tupac Shakur will never be forgotten, his message inspired many 
before and after his death.... The name Tupac Shakur will always live on..
                June 16th 1971--- September 13, 1996
                            RIP, we miss you Pac!!! 
Jared Pickett

This poem has been written for Raul Moreno's Tupac Shakur contest.....
Enjoy my friend!!!!!

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  1. Date: 4/21/2012 12:57:00 PM
    This is very articulate,Thanks for sharing..

  1. Date: 11/10/2010 11:47:00 AM
    Jared, this is terrific! Tupac obviously had a tremendous impact on you. Does the Ode form have a particular rhyme or meter scheme or can we develop our own? It seems the odes I've read so far have different verse structures/rhymes/meters, etc. Maybe I'm missing the common thread, unless it is strictly the emotional impact. Maybe you could respond on your blog. Thanks for this example! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 6/28/2010 10:03:00 PM
    are you on the computer? I am having insomnia.

  1. Date: 6/28/2010 5:01:00 PM
    Mucho Congrats my friend on your big win in the Tupac awesome perfection of poetic drama... enjoy your well deserved win.. Mr.. J.. with luv from the "Sweetheart" in Hawaii on vacation till after July 4th... WoW..

  1. Date: 6/25/2010 11:47:00 AM
    Yes! Jared. He was one of the greates artist of our time, and your dediation to him is REMARKABLE. Congratulations on your well deserved win. Love, Laini

  1. Date: 6/23/2010 2:57:00 PM
    Congrat. in Raul's contest dear Jared,much enjoyed!

  1. Date: 6/23/2010 1:16:00 PM
    Mr. JP, I 've read all the entries and this should have taken first place. This is an exceptional read my dear. Just know that you're always 1st place with me. You're the best. Scarlett

  1. Date: 6/23/2010 8:35:00 AM
    very nice write~Congrats~Rick

  1. Date: 6/23/2010 7:53:00 AM
    excellent write and congrats on success God Bless You!

  1. Date: 6/23/2010 4:34:00 AM
    what else can one say? Congrad's.....Light & Love

  1. Date: 6/23/2010 1:55:00 AM
    Jared, congratulations on your success in my Tupac Shakur contest...Raul

  1. Date: 6/20/2010 6:32:00 PM
    enjoyed, Jared-Take care!

  1. Date: 6/16/2010 7:58:00 PM
    Once again you slayed another poem!!! Outstanding job bro!! Maybe my favorite piece to date.

  1. Date: 6/15/2010 10:58:00 AM
    Nice re run of the 90's my son is a 90's disc jockey in San Fran Jamie Jams at club Debaser! ;)

  1. Date: 6/12/2010 11:46:00 PM
    I honestly didn't know about this guy. I recall a shooting in the rap world, some famous rapper that died. this must be him? thanks for a very informative poem and I bet this will do really well in the contest. LUv, Andrea

  1. Date: 6/12/2010 2:05:00 PM
    BRILLIANT.. it shine a tribute to his memory and Raul will LUV this entry... good luck my friend .. this one is a first prize winner .. prediction ... awesome and your words flow like Tupac's lyrics did ... and still do... with luv from the "Sweetheart"

  1. Date: 6/11/2010 8:02:00 PM
    Very nicely said.He was a very good performer and was sadned when he passed.Hope all is well with you.I haven't been on the computer much.I have been working on vehicles.Installing stereos is my specialty.I also do mechanical work but don't like to much.If I don't want to walk then I have to fix it when it breaks down.Have a good one.

  1. Date: 6/10/2010 11:34:00 PM
    Wonderful work!Celene!

  1. Date: 6/10/2010 5:46:00 PM
    A wonderful tribute paid to Tupac. Good luck in the contest

  1. Date: 6/10/2010 12:46:00 PM
    Absolutely wonderful. Now I know about Tupac Shakur. Rapper of the 90's. This is a winner for sure. Best of wishes in the contest. Love Scarlett