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Long poem by LATARSHA GRANDBERRY | Details | . You can read it on PoetrySoup.com' st_url='http://www.poetrysoup.com/poem/a_womans_worth_522236' st_title='A Woman's Worth'>

A Woman's Worth

A Woman’s Worth
When she walks in the room
she wants people to stop and stare
not because they’re whispering…
what she got on girl, what’s up with that hair?
But because she looks good, conservative and chic
looking her best from head to feet
she knows the spiked heels and look at me blouse
will make all the men become aroused
she knows that look would make conditions tense
but how she’s dressed builds confidence
she doesn’t do loud make-up, green hair or tight skirts,
if you don’t know, how will anyone else know your worth?
Not trying to be  Nicki Manage,
never putting on a fascad
being original, still blending in
all because she’s good  in her own skin
She looks pretty
and carries herself well,
clothes should hide
what only time should tell
When a man calls us out of our name
boy, do we get offended
Aretha told us the Rule of R-e-s-p-e-c-t
It’s usually us that bend it
Wearing anything to work, 
any and everything to church
talking that ghetto talk
walking that ghetto walk
telling your friends, girl, he don’t respect me
your friends telling you that you save nothing to see
Asking him out first
Not knowing your worth
You didn’t give him a chance
giving all of yourself on a one night stand
sitting there wondering why he didn’t call
now you’re starting to feel about 2 feet tall
think back, yall never took the time to ask for number and name
now you’re feeling so ashamed
It wasn’t your smile or your smarts that got you here
that drink, you didn’t think
Oh, is that a tear?
Men respect us based on how we think of ourselves
they measure us on what our body tells
what is your body telling?
that you have something you’re selling?
there’s so much you can tell with your body
you don’t have to be revealing to be a hottie
besides, I have daughters and they’re watching me
I try to always give them something beautiful to see
what are we teaching our little girls?
that our bodies will further in this world?
the answer to that question is no 
the BIBLE says train a child in the way they should go
what we need to understand as women we deserve respect
but sometimes what we give is what we usually get
when most men see a woman in low -cut shirts, short skirts and high heels
to him you’re worth about as much as a happy meal
if I’m a meal, I’m Crème Brouleé , Beluga Caviar, Laute Truffle Chocolate, with 1945 Chauteau Vintage wine,
That’s who I am all the time
Be who you are, 
can’t be me, I’m taken
If you think you can live as someone else
you’re sadly mistaken
I’m a woman every week,
365 days a year
I don’t clock out
I wanna make that clear
Ok, sometimes I can joke and be crazy, 
but I never forget that I’m a lady
so girls, get it right,
you can stay on your grind
FOR A REAL WOMAN IS A WOMAN FOR REAL AT ALL TIMES



Long poem by Daryl Joplin | Details |

Gypsie Boy Part One

The toot of a lute
Rang through the air
The carnival was uproar with laughter
A little boy's eyes
a much larger size
at the sight of what he was after
A stale piece of bread
Sat in the trash
It made the little boy in rag's mouth water.
So he reached through the gate
as soon as it got late
Hoping to avoid his slaughter
For stealing was a crime
Even from a trash-bin
They'd have his head off in seconds
A guard caught his eye
But before he could cry
Fate thought he'd need a hero, I reckon.
Some strangely dressed women
appeared from the shadows
and drew their shiny swords
The strangers fought
In the dead of night
The boy was lost for words
One of the women
She approached the child
She bent down to get another look
Seeing his starvation
The pain in his eyes
And the energy that life's stresses had took
"Come with us," Said the women
With a friendly smile
She offered the little boy her hand.
"You'll be safe with us,"
The women explained
"No more getting kicked in the sand."
The boy gave the women 
a cautious look
He greatly considered her offer 
His parents had just died
Of a horrible starvation
Tonight, hunger wouldn't take another
The little boy agreed
To join the Gypsies
Together they ate and they danced
They traveled from place
To place to place
With a merry smile around he pranced
But what they didn't know
Black magic was brewing
The pagans couldn't sense it upon them
But the hungry little boy
Had always had a gift
He knew when trouble was near him
Immediately he ran
To alert the Gypsies
He said something dark was coming
The pagans all stopped
The music died down
They'd send this enemy running
With candles and an altar
Some herbs and a pendant
The pagan's had formed a plan
They'd cast out a spell
That would protect the people
The animals and the land
Suddenly the sky darkened
Rain started to fall
Their magic wasn't working
With no wind blowing
A candle tipped
Danger was definitely lurking
The fire spread 
through out the camp
Tents burned down to ash
The gypsies all panicked
And fetched buckets of water
These problems surely couldn't last
The next two moths
were full of bad luck
The boy got covered by glances
"These problems didn't happen"
"Untill this boy came along."
They said getting rid of him would raise their chances
Of surviving in this
Horrid world we live in
They shunned him within a matter of hours
The boy wandered the earth
With tears in his eyes
His cries rang out with power
So on he walked
Following the road
As his gypsies had taught him
Though his spirits were crushed
and his body hungry
Nobody in the world would stop him


Long poem by charles hice | Details |

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1one2two9nine 
 
 
CharlaXFabels 
 
 
WiseorFoolish 

 DOING WHAT THE JESUS SAID 
Eye am risking the loss of some merits to at least prove to some of you that to do 
the works of JESUS is the right and lawful thing to do the man was just like me 
he seems to be a homeless and eye asked him to share my food he said no he 
was taken care of a food card from the service. Eye wound up giving nothing but 
a courtesy yet my blessing is unending the words that JESUS speaks are meant 
to be the life we breathe and giving is so certainly the thing to do. Not bragging 
unnecessarily just letting people knoe to do the works he says to do. Offer 
someone food if they can take it it will help you if they refuse it you can eat it 
seems to me there is nothing there to lose. Now the food eye have to eat is better 
for the act of sharing even the man is not eating with me the food it's doubly 
better in proportions. Show me the house that's built on stilts that's built on sand. 
There is a temporary church that meets inside the main church building they 
usually start the service at nine thirty today they went out on a run away there was 
no church service even eye usually go just to knell down near the table and thank 
Jesus for the offering there there is Coffee and some coffee cake and other 
things as well but today eye am on mye own attempting more than one thing at a 
time it seems beyond the eye trying to stay hooked into the wonder of this life for 
it seems like GOD is just like Santa Clause to me when we have it in our heart to 
do he sees it just the same. 
Eye still carry my raincoat my umbrella even though it has not rained for many 
weeks I'm ready. The place eye like to visit has been pulled out from under me 
the preacher needs to visit his own prayer room just to see how dark his heart is 
to become without his love. He warned me not to trespass and so far eye have 
not been back but the wonder of it all is that the place still seems to stand a 
monument to decadence a monument to disgrace. They knoe that eye am 
homeless eye still walk the street without a place. The blankets in the dump 
seem so nice when eye am cold. Foolishness or wisdom tell me preacher what 
would you do when the sky was falling would you stick your turkey neck up to the 
rain and then just drown or would you find a church with a poor doorway to get 
dry. The path is narrow the climb is steep and harrow the preacher fast asleep. 
Eye cry a homeless to the end of time. 



Long poem by Vee Bdosa | Details |

THE BOW LEGGED GIRL

      THE BOW LEGGED GIRL
I took all of your tank tops and your hose and your sox,
and I put them all together in a little brown box.
I put all of your dresses and your shoes in a sack,
and I wrapped it up because I knew you're never coming back.

I took your funky records and your Playgirl magazines
and dropped them in the trash with all your green and purple jeans.
I took the clothes I bundled up and gave them away,
to the Salvation Army, it seems like yesterday.

You never told me you were leaving town,
you never told me you were leaving.
You never told me you were leaving town,
you never told me you were leaving.

I met a wino on the street, she looks just like you,
she wears a see through blouse and she walks bow legged, too.
She sings those funky songs and plays the guitar outa sight,
and she takes a bath in cheap perfume like you did every night.

She still sings about Viet Nam and love we don't show,
guess she doesn't know that Viet Nam was 40 years ago.
She's out protesting every day and carries a sign,
 and bites her toenails ev'ry night just like you chewed on mine.

You never told me you were leaving town,
you never told me you were leaving.
You never told me you were leaving town,
you never told me you were leaving.

She has a job but all she'll say, it ain't chopping wood.
And it's funny how her money lasts, and she lives so good.
She bought a brand new car one day, a green Cadillac,
and it's got a bar up in the front and mattress in the back.

I don't know why she thinks she has to work every day,
cause I never had a job I just live on my welfare pay.
She picks her nose and rolls each bugger in a sugar ball,
and just like you used to do, then she eats them all.

You never told me you were leaving town,
you never told me you were leaving.
You never told me you were leaving town,
you never told me you were leaving.

I married her in the park, it seems like yesterday,
and I don't know what I'll do if she doesn't run away.

She brought her uncle home with her from work the other night,
and her uncle and my cousin all got drunk and had a fight.

She got locked in the bedroom with the meter readers dad,
and they had a lot of fun all night, but I felt awful bad.
He took her home with him a while, but she wouldn't stay,
I wish you'd come back home to me, and run her away.

You never told me you were leaving town,
you never told me you were leaving.
You never told me you were leaving town,
you never told me you were leaving.


Long poem by Norey Bailey | Details |

Weekend (how it all began)

i want to know if you wake up on Saturdays to watch cartoons with more than two in the bed
running to the kitchen on commercial to refill bowls of cereal and cups of kool-aid
not even looking at your watch cause the time you are spending is priceless and lovemade

i wonder if the kids go out to play at midday and your wife starts the laundry as you go
to the the window
you turn the radio to that ol'school station and compare every song to someone you've
loved and lost
you go "back down memory lane" thinking of skintight red "leather" pants and blue magic
you start reminiscing  the  taste  of a  "natural woman" who
"like a virgin" you touched  for the  very first  time
 you are comparing the "good times" sharing notebooks symbolic of passing notes in class
to "she's got papers" and it's cheaper to keep her ass
you "truly adore her" you were her prince she should have been your queen
she was your everything yet you did not give her the ring
how come you didn't "make it last forever"
like the midnight to 5am phone calls
like the dollar store sentiments that are still in peripheral view
"as we lay" i had wondered does she make love to you
does she kiss you the way mind mind wants to?
does she "stoke you down" to get you in the mood?
is it "fire and desire" as you look in to her eyes?

you still in the window as you see a kiss float to you from a cloud
do you remember her lips her panty "ribbon in the sky" falls so softly in the palm of your
hand
you had her wrapped around your finger she was purely ancient like egyptian
every time you saw her it was like johnny kemps "friday night" you felt like you just got paid
and even though you let her go you still want her to this very day
you wonder what she's doing this weekend and if you could just get a way
you would just wine and dine her all rainy day
she loves to love you in a way you cant describe
she doesn't even have to say it, you see it in her eyes
you know you would do any thing in your power
you are Sampson she is your Delilah
she knows your weakness was shed when you cut your dreads
so she uses her cleansing powers to heal you and restore your strengths
weak in the knees as breast brush against your spleen
teeth marks on shoulder blades "these are a few of her favorite things"

is she that chick you would cheat on ya wife with?
even though she wouldn't let you and you are obliged to respect it
and "betcha by golly wow" if you were granted a chance it wouldn't go neglected
see you next weekend


Long poem by humble b | Details | . You can read it on PoetrySoup.com' st_url='http://www.poetrysoup.com/poem/i_dont_hate_america_409868' st_title='I Don't Hate America'>

I Don't Hate America

I Don’t Hate America

I like the country I live in
That doesn’t mean I have to sing their songs
to prove that sh@!.
That doesn't mean that 
I can just can’t get over the fact that
they murdered the people who built it
 
America was dedicated to a proposition that
“all men are created equal, except
for women, indians and blacks

The white men were just fine is what we were told 
but what about those who were stolen that never made it over to NEW WORLD?
The ones that were thrown overboard and
those who died from sickness while in transport

Remember those who were born into slavery and never even knew what freedom was before their physical bodies left
and people like Thomas Jefferson
He understood that slavery was wrong but did not free his own until his death
What about those who beaten senseless and burned, and hanged,  
All while screaming “Nigger" What’s your new name?
Oh how soon do we forget…
That’s why I despise that word and
I don’t care who it is that uses it
#u$k that slavery sh@!
And #u$k that flag b@%ch!
#u$k you America because you’ve always made things hard .
So don’t look at me strange when I show those songs disregard and those fake ass patriotic undertones about how we are the land of the free
more like the land of the captured and the Home of the Slaves, see

I don’t’ hate America
I can be and do and go as I please
But, then I remember the poor people they injected with disease 
They thought they were getting free health care but the doctor is giving them syphilis 
Please! 

I remember the natives of this land
They slaughtered and labored them to work for freedom in their own land 

I remember the Civil War 
where we were a country divided by the Mason Dixon Line
The north and the south of the same country at war to save lives
 
I don’t hate America
This is my home 
But I refuse to let the things that 
my ancestors endured during the struggle of building SUCH A FINE COUNTRY be forgotten
It’s 2012 and the politicians still plottin to find a way to take away the black vote 
It’s the same shit, but now they just don’t use the noose to choke the life out of souls  
I’m so tired of the constitution and it’s loop holes, and amendments, and acts, and laws
This just proves that man can’t govern themselves because even with all these rules we constantly fall into the black hole deeper and deeper
I don’t hate America
I just choose to not take part in its little song and dance
I pledge my allegiance to God 
and continue to write and lose myself in my poetic trans 


Long poem by charles hice | Details |

The Second Fable

 The Second Fable 
The Second Fable 
 
The BusYness 
 
 
The Alcoholic boss: 
       The man was doing inventory when the lady called his namme. 
“Johnny what is wrong with you eye just looked out at the van? 
The tire is almost flat again eye just gave you a hundred dollars yesterday to get 
the tire fixed and eye remember giving you fifty just last week? You must have 
kept the money are you drinking now again?” 
The Alcoholic Worker: 
“Tilly you are mistaken the tire is not that low eye checked the gauge myself less 
than two hours ago. 
The receipt for the tireshop is still inside the till Tilly why do not you still believe 
me tell me Tilly how could eye get a receipt like that unless eye paid the bill?” 
The Alcoholic Worker: 
To Tilly:“Every now and then they do a poor poor job so eye will take the van back 
to the tire shop and have them check that tire again.” 

To ASIDE: The whiskey that eye bought with that old coots money is still in the 
center console eye have to drink it now today and she will knoe I'm drunk unless 
eye leave the van somewhere and say that it got stolen and the bad men beat me 
up. 
Narrator Charlax Android One Seven: 
The Johnny worker got in the van and drove to the center of a bridge he leaped 
from the bridge into the water down below with the whiskey in his hand and left 
the van in the center of the bridge the tire was now so low it was just flat. 
The Alcoholic Worker: 
Johnny to hisself: “The Tilly will believe me why should she doubt so much eye 
have to make this look good a lie is soon found out.” 
Narrator Charlax One Seven: 
Johnny took a rock of largesse size and hit himself more than three times hard 
upon his brow his forehead split wide open he looked like a beaten up man. 
He finished off the whiskey and walked somewhat surprised that his worthwhile 
plan had come to a fruition in his addled whiskey mind back to the sewing 
shoppe. 
 Listen as the woman talks to him. 

                        The Alcoholic Boss: 
“Before you say a word to me my alcoholic Johnny there was a Charlax sitting 
underneath the bridge playing games down in the water he loves a mermaid 
there and kisses all her hair. He saw you leave the van and leap into the water 
my friend MISS Tilly Two is bringing back the van for you.” 
“Now don't you feel so foolish the job was feeding you now you will look for 
someone else to tell your lies to rob them of there wealth to feed your alcoholic 
drive.” 


Long poem by Reynaldo Mast | Details |

Shunned

Breaking down in the heart and mind.
With all regrets that are truly not kind.
Shocked at people are, so painful to see.
Abused with hated and ecstasy.
Violated and directed with torments
Lost of words or comments.
Hatred gushing out of life long experience.
Reminding yourself to become absence.
Coward and scared to even breathe.
Like the feeling of knives unsheathe.
Sharp but not enough to cut.
Enough to scare like a door that immediately shut.
The hand raised to help you is a lie.
It is a hand that slaps you so you can die.
Rough around the edges.
Crawling in your dreams in ledges.
Powered to stay alive.
You feel people want you to take a dive.
Just stop, and fall down.
Hoping to break your mental crown.
Hiding a feeling that never feels real.
Like shaking hands with demons for a deal.
Blocked out, out of your own story.
Thinking that people are stealing your glory.
Ashamed with fear.
With eyes that are full of tear.
Lost in such hidden romance.
Luck has it seems to be a dance.
Moving around in your head.
With scary thoughts and dread.
Feels like you never leave.
So you feel so many that grieve.
In your mind that is lost.
Full of drama that holds you down in cost.
Keeping in the shadow.
You watch people so shallow.
Gut instinct says that life with them is a muse.
When your just standing your accuse.
Society is just so lame.
Like all the people that are in it your to blame.
Soloing life is a brief.
Walking away is some what a relief.
I dreamed of many things.
With beautiful sorrows of wings.
Wavered in a direction that leads no where.
Escaping everything by a hair.
Pointing into the sky.
And asking yourself why.
The cage is so big.
Just enough to put on a huge rig.
Moving back and fourth.
It feels that your life does not have a worth.
Caned by laws of laughter to deceive.
Shackled up to be bent to your will to receive.
When you hope to hope.
A person can just show you the rope.
They have such friendly hands.
Like the deserts of sands.
Dangerous it is to just keep walking in it.
Lost cannot find your way even a little bit.
Just seem like your heart feels dry.
Then you give up and give a sigh.
That moment that you do is just all a dream.
You are really in a ward you will scream.
Thrust upon you because you could not protect.
So what cost you is this effect.
Warping in to your mind to leave this place.
You feel full of disgrace.
With nothing to drink.
Causing your true self to think.
Grief is such a pain with sorrow to gain.
Looking out in your own rain.




Long poem by Jess N/A | Details |

9/11 Overview

Back in the day the states gave them the weapons
Before media reality, before we were threatened
So we send off our men to avenge for 9-11
The event was tragic, but so is getting even

A change of heart from a country that doesn’t care
If the man down the street is down to his underwear
His kids can be starving, but those kids aren’t yours
Pop the money for defence, pop the money for the towers

Why don’t you think for yourself when the telly screams peril
Bombings used to be more, the IRA bombed several
London wasn’t screaming, didn’t panic like fools
They honoured their dead but didn’t brainwash their schools

There wasn’t this terror when K.K.K. were lynching the black
But it’s a right to bear arms, the NRA’s got your back
Shooting each other, you think you’re ruling the world
If it’s lead by example then this story had to be told

Without those planes there’d be no invasion
No racists using power in mass people persuasion
Good people afraid, because of Islamic descent
Stupid people hating as perspectives are bent

If you want to generalise then I’ve got more respect
For black America, than what white-trash have wrecked
Whole countries are dieing and it takes two towers
Before you look up and acknowledge your power

You’re killing the people you’re trying to save
Good intentions are lost,when your soldiers aren’t trained
They rape and they pillage, even if it’s only a few
Can you imagine what would happen if they did it to you

Nearly forty million live below the poverty line
Just in your country, more than the population of mine
His kids can be starving but those kids aren’t yours
Pop the money for defence, pop the money for the towers

You could be feeding yourselves but politics rules
A stable economy fooling the fools
America would fall the moment it cared for the poor
Your capitalist Jesus damning them all

The have-nots are nothing, and it was no coincidence
That Katrina was ignored and wasn’t an incident
Until your government realised other countries were watching
Chanel seven lifting people out before a single soldier was marching

U.S. of A. – super power or not
Your people are suffering of an internal rot
There’s no safety or welfare, it’s not strong it’s slack
And the whole world’s laughing behind you’re back

You're ruled by fear, the majority can't think for itself
Free speech was lost the morning the news hit the twelth

//Pop money for defence, pop the money for the towers...//


Long poem by Deborah Tendrich | Details | . You can read it on PoetrySoup.com' st_url='http://www.poetrysoup.com/poem/you_think_youre_tough_64508' st_title='You Think You're Tough'>

You Think You're Tough

I was hurt and you left me there,
You walked out like you didn’t care.
“I’m doing out to have a drink
Be back in about an hour I think.”
I cried myself to sleep alone,
When I woke up he still wasn’t home.
I tried to close my eyes again,
But sleep just wasn’t happenin’.
So I got up and put my shoes on,
The walk to the bar isn’t long.
When I got there, he hugged and kissed me,
When I didn’t want to drink, he up and dissed me.
I turned around and went back home,
He tried to call me on the phone.
I got to the door and took out the key,
It turns out that he followed me.
The next thing I know, I was on the ground,
He was throwing me around.
He picked up the mattress and the box spring,
And threw it on top of me like it weighed nothing.
For some reason I couldn’t cry.
My mind was racing trying to figure out why.
Before I had time to figure it out,
He just about knocked me out.
My head hit hard against the frame of the door,
But that wasn’t it, he wanted more.
Once again I tried to rise,
And I saw the hatred in his eyes.
I got up and tried to grab my phone,
And he yelled at me with an evil tone.
He then trapped me and I could not leave,
He punched me hard, I could barely breathe.
And then he just walked away.
What he was thinking I still cannot say.
The next thing I know I was back on the floor,
He had caught me on my way out the door.
I told him just to let me leave,
So he can calm down, so he could breathe.
My head had already begun to pound,
From our yelling and screaming and me hitting the ground.
Three hours of this torture had past,
How much longer could this last?
Then all of a sudden he stopped and let me leave,
Oh thank you god I am so relieved.
I was hurt and all bruised up,
Where should I go was my next thought.
I just wanted to be alone;
To think about what just went on.
He came outside and knelt by my feet,
And begged for me not to leave.
“I love you, I’m sorry, what can I do?
You’re my heart and I love you!”
I love him to I thought to myself,
No one can imagine the pain I felt.
That’s when I looked into his eyes,
He had just begun to cry.
I had to put myself first,
And analyze my self worth.
I wanted to jump back into his arms,
He couldn’t have met any harm.
But I realized I had to walk away,
With these last words to him I say,
“Get up off the ground and get your stuff,
I’m glad that you think your tough.
Pack your bags, you need to leave,
I want a real man that won’t beat on me.”


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