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Portrait Of A Black Man

I write this willfully hoping we 
brothers that are lost can all 
find yourselves, it is said that 
“The value of a man resides in 
what he gives and not in what 
he is capable of receiving.” We 
as black men have forgotten 
how to give, it was a point in 
time that we were seen as 
protectors and providers, and 
considered the structured 
foundation for our family's . 
What happened to so many of 
us? that made us fall from 
grace, and lost hope and 
discarded our faith. We've let 
this world misguide our 
direction and changed our 
steps, chained our minds to 
these materialistic idols that 
only dull our souls. Portrait of a 
black man lets paint divinity in 
the way we use to shine, and 
once again be a meaningful 
sunrise to a generation that 
turned off their lights. It's 
imperative that we find  
common ground with our 
women, because with faults in 
our own foundation we will 
never be able to build happy 
homes. Our own selfish acts 
and desires are the reason they 
made a "Plan B", to control the 
conception of birth when our 
"Plan A" should be to add value 
to a women's worth, and raise 
sons to become kings and 
daughters to become queens. I 
write this not to preach or to 
teach you, but only give 
enlighten thoughts for I once 
too sat in the dark, but know I 
understand why Prometheus 
took fire from the gods. Portrait 
of black man there's still truth 
in religion but there's none in 
your true religions, you can't 
buy those type of genes. Our 
brand names should be our 

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  1. Date: 4/24/2013 4:57:00 AM
    A powerful write for ourselves my friend. I totally agree with you to the fullest on this...regards INK-U-SCRIPT

  1. Date: 4/23/2013 10:45:00 PM
    Nicholas, Wishing you a nice warm welcome to the Poetry Soup. I hope you find this community to be one of the best. May you find inspiration by reading some of the poetry written here by other poets, and myself! If you ever want or need feedback on any given poem, please feel free and look me up by clicking on my name anytime you see it. HUGS <3 from your newest friend ~*~SKAT"

  1. Date: 4/23/2013 10:00:00 PM
    I like the label we should ride through out life. You have such a beautiful vision on what a plan should be. Nicholas"Welcome to the poetry soup. My name is Linda; many poets on the soup call me PD for fun. I'm stopping by to invite you on over to my latest contest --called the “7 wonders” I'm hoping you will consider the enjoyment and challenges we offer in our contest. If you like, please consider my contest. You can find the contest page on the top left hand side. I’m looking forward in reading and enjoying your poems in the future. Today I will start by reading all you have posted this far..... Thanks @-> LINDA <-@"