Why is my skin color different?
Did God make me this way?
When he made me, did he have
intentions on me being a slave?
And I thought we were all brothers,
including all the ones of different colors.
But why are they beating and hurting the others.
Someone save me, I didn't choose this life.
These scars, they've carved me with the sharpest
All I have is my faith.
Because if I'd held on to anything else
it'd be theres to take.
What is it that I ask for?
Equality, I preach.
Something small to you,
but makes a difference
Whipping, spitting, hitting on me.
Raping our women in your wife's sheets.
Taking our children and turning them into workers.
No sense of empathy, grief or composer.
For the brotha' on my left and my sista' on the right,
with the courage that I hold I will continue to fight.
You have taken away my freedom, and most of my life.
But what you have failed to obtain is my state of mind.
Go ahead work my body, and do all that you please.
This is just a shell anyway, it's not coming with me.
You spit, you laugh, thinking you gained the world.
You think you have power because you've raped a young girl.
Stand tall sir with all of that pride.
And go ahead and hold it until the day that you die.
But your day will come when you'll fall to your knees.
Feeling the burn on your body from the whips you've given me.
"The LORD is my shelter,"
I continue to say.
While my soul goes up as God takes me away.
I wish you peace with smile on my face,
knowing that God teaches the fullness of grace.
Copyright © Amber Binford | Year Posted 2014
I do not know?
Dear Sir, my innocence is gone now, no more fear
Do you love to **** me again, I am always here.
I wonder when you taught me how to use a pen,
I was so into you but my ****** was in pain!
I was crying; I was too immature to understand
I was turning only 13, I couldn't feel what happened.
but I promise I never forget what you taught me at the end.
I begged you to stop and looked into your eyes,
there was a reflection of a cruel world, that’s what I deserved!
Don't be afraid, mommy never knows what you did,
Nobody knows that you made me bleed.
Dear sir, my innocence is gone with all my tears,
as I had no safe place to hide myself from fears.
Nobody saw anything as your world was so blind!
having hidden hatred inside, a virgin died.
Dear sir, time cannot erase your memories,
time doesn't heal all wounds, that you marked,
yes, you took my innocence that will be always on my mind.
My innocent world was shattered by your touch
Hope no one ever has to experience such
For all the pain, all the cruelty, thank you very much!
Copyright © Farhana Akter | Year Posted 2014
Was it said before? Sure.
Was it said this way? I doubt it.
Perspective is in no way obscure,
And his works are nothing without it.
His motivation’s observed in daily life,
Misery, not just some vague inspiration.
He begs for reason, some way to lessen strife;
His words reflect a resounding desperation.
There seems a need at times to clarify,
But that’s allowed in his terms only;
So many thoughts seem somewhat ‘rarefied’,
Fed his fire, but made him lonely.
No ‘underachiever’, not just another fool,
But still seeking solace by the glass;
Tempering his stagger and his drool
With just a bit of ‘kiss my ass.’
But, usually, genius ‘sots’ come to ground,
Lucid moments - on the square;
Their driving ‘bolts’ of genius, word or sound,
Only written because they dare.
Yes, you can feel the written “heart”,
But few of us can realize that sort of pain;
No isolated misery… of many lives a part,
Each begs an answer... “Who’ll stop the rain?”
Yes, he’s lived it, seen it, and told it well;
But Timing is the Master of one’s Fate.
Is the timing right? Funny…only time will tell…
Will you will be a whining sot or dare to be great?
One success can be lucky, we’ve seen that before.
One book, one song, then quietly fade away.
But six novels later, we should know the score;
He must have had something to say.
So, at the perfect time, someone heard.
Someone who was “someone” took someone under wing.
And to those with interest and empathy, they sold his words;
Saying they “are genius” and with “ugly truth” they ring.
But did he create any redeeming changes or impacts?
Yes, what singular influence did all his artful whining bring?
None... just a relentless, repetitive diatribe of sad facts.
Oh, yes…..and a little “ching ching”.
Entered in the "Idiot or Genius" contest 27 March 2014
not so genius
Copyright © Robert Candler | Year Posted 2014
Cain's Self Denial 2015
4 a m again alone,
In a room full of peers
A raging war is being fought,
Confined between your ears
Drafted into battle, with no enemy to engage
Yet volunteering unwillingly fueling dueling rage
Mystic river flows, with the blood of innocent
No longer even knowing, or caring how truth was bent
Angry at nobody, and everyone in between
Sabotaging yourself, and unraveling every seam.
Whose roles change day to day
A game with no clear rules
Consciously unconsciousness, I know that I must pay
What promise can be spoken, to bring life into the void, uttered self denial, to speak within the ploy
And the enemy I can't see, nor begun to understand
Callously reflects my cards and always tips my hand
The price you pay for breaking souls, just keeps on feeling cheaper
You soothe your conscience with the ancient line that your not your brother's keeper
There's no bad and there's no good, you played the only hand you could
And the hollow eyes around you, pretend they couldn't see
You shake your head and try your best to pretend you don't believe
Yet you know too well the horror. . . Of what you've come to be
Copyright © Kelly Crenshaw | Year Posted 2015
This expanse of land has seen things.
Things all of us can only see in dreams.
It's seen war, it's gotten it's fair share of scars.
Bombs bursting, bullets throwing sand into the air like it's a volleyball tournament.
The sand running red with blood silently mocking our arteries.
This magnificent stretch of land has seen heroes' tears fall; dropping to their knees while sadness envelopes their fallen brothers but also looking up to their beloved whilst carrying a ring in their hand.
It's seen bright days, the sun glimmering over wet sand, footprints of past loves being washed away as the sun smacks the horizon.
This expanse of land...has seen things we can only imagine.
Copyright © Tyler Kisner | Year Posted 2013
My God; Their God
Copyright © Bishop Ezeh | Year Posted 2014
The Crusades Began a Holy War
Which Continues to this Day.
We Kill, and Kill, and Now it Seems,
This shall Always be the Way.
One Side Scores, the Others Die,
Then the Cycle is Repeated.
It never Stops, It’s never Done;
The Battles Grow More Heated!
The Way to Peace, it Seems so Clear,
Is not Through Senseless Slaughter.
I Appeal to All, “Please Quit the Fight!”
Save our Sons and Daughters!
To Find Our Way out of the Dark,
We Need only Seek the Light.
A Solution Lies within our Grasp:
Forget who’s Wrong or Right!
This God or that, it Makes no Matter.
This Truth I have Acquired:
Be they Different, or the Same,
The Gods would Preach Cease Fire!
Copyright © Steven Gadberry | Year Posted 2010
Why do you fuel the fires of my troubled mind?
Why do you taunt those I love with vile words?
Is there no compassion behind your mask of hate?
Is there no warmth inside your heart of stone?
I know not what I’ve become.
Copyright © Jasmine Khurana | Year Posted 2015
I want to drown my urge to die
I want to kill my pulse inside
I can't breathe, I'm paranoid
Everything in life I avoid
Don't speak to me, I'll look away
Inside my eyes is just decay
I'm already dead, but have yet to die
Why do I keep my body alive
My soul is dead, eyes are lies
So is the smile I hide behind
Pull the plug, I'm a fake
In a nightmare and I cannot wake
Drown me! I'm flooded in pain
Please help me regain
Some peace, some rest
I want to die to live again
Set me free
Slitting my wrists isn't working
The more stares I get
The more I become numb
I just need to be gone
Eliminate my pain,
I'm already out of breath
Suffocating on my hopelessness
Every day I am alive
But I'm craving to die inside
Curved smile because your so naive
You think I'm happy
Yet I'm being crushed
My head is overflowing
With these thoughts that are too much
One word, suicide
Sparks a light inside of my eyes
I don't want to pretend to live
Let me go, flood me in sin
There is where I want to swim
Six feet under the ground
Don't be selfish
And keep me in pain
To tourture my lifeless body again
Let my body float soundly
Rushing water, ocean salt
I promise I won't feel it at all.
End it, hold me under
Then bury me so I can slumber
Goodbye lifeless eyes
As I'm dying I'll be coming alive
Deleted from my mind
As I leave this world behind
Floods my lungs
Leans in for a kiss
Together we sink into insanity
And drown in infinitys abyss.
Copyright © Karissa Kelley | Year Posted 2013
The country is in a state of uncertainty
Almost every week there is a bloody scene that’s dark and dreary
On the daily some hearts are suffering endlessly
Right now we feel hatred, melancholy, malice, and envy
It should show that we are bereaved
Every mind and heart should be grieved
There are evil demonic spirits at work that our brains can’t yet comprehend
I do believe that this evil unseen started this trend
I also believe that’s why our minds feel these lost and hopeless emotions
We are constantly invaded by these deadly cataclysmic commotions
Until we look within this country needs to repent of its sins
This is where spirituality begins
God’s love for us is strong it won’t waiver or bend
Together we all have to strive to survive thinking life won’t end
Let’s stop playing this blame game
All of these mass killings…. it’s a crying shame
This isn’t just radical thinking, rather rational thinking
I can’t let the strife of this world erase my jubilant smile
In all of this catastrophic senseless murders I still have love, peace and joy in my lifestyle
As our hearts are broken and stricken with grief we’ve all bled pain like drops of rain
But Let us be wise and humble our hearts…. and love each other in Jesus’s name
Revelation 21:4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
Copyright © Jeffrey Lee | Year Posted 2016
him as a lion creeping but part of a full on stampede
The grazers all sleeping roll out the cart at the country buffet's bull is all they believe
The young lion on the ground scuffing even brazen to lay down to him they're hyenas all around
A Godless generation oversexed n' huffing act all perplexed-two years after my short span began n' what' ve we found?
On the tips of the bonfire of vanities dancing-their dark heros meet applause of their romancing-do ya need much more proof?
in him only hated? But no admonition-only educated in ammunition-go figure-we're only raising the Roof
The spotted mammal up the tree retreating-but the lions claw the bark all around
The sheep cower all bleating-the wolf even invited to their mound of higher ground
Oh to encant and enchant behaving like the fat hippos n' rhinos safe in oblivion in the water thrashing
The white elephants just waving their red blackhawk flags with a hint of yellow n' yet it did begin long ago the braves slaughtered n' made slaves-Algonquin's jagchips they're cashing
Their time's short before they expire so they saddle up to add fuel to the fire-seasoned with
opiates n'copious amounts of pharmakeia
even though legion seen at Gadarene they all stand aloof
still all that matters is the bottom line to the bigwigs-on their belts party favors clatter
inundated in the trained boars warthog pigs-signed into bill to kill-yup! Look up!
We're simply raising the Roof
The dog's all snarling n' drooling but their collars diamond studded latched to their gold chains
The breeders fooling n' retooling yet yearn for escape so hatched no shortage of substances to quell even their imagined pains
The lions scamper back down the tree with the prized head of the gazelle with
entrails trailing- could count 'em? No amount of monkey suits can hamper or put a damper on a system clogged with phlegm failed n' failing
Bottomed out the sparks from the chase flying even gazers say halt! Then quick to retreat n' gather 'round to be frying every manner of meat even the cloven hoof
Misguided blame remarks what could it be? The machete? The gun at fault? But it's clear for some to see this jungle's survival wild grapes briers and thorns since shelved The Bible-step up!-have 'nother bloody cup-we're forlornly raising the Roof.
6-19-2015 Duncan R.M. Ferguson
Copyright © Duncan R. M. Ferguson | Year Posted 2016
Rollin' thru the 'hood
in his signature gangsta lean
Ridin' dirty with a Mag clip,
blowin' out his favorite Tupac scheme
Poetic justice he never liked,
his nine mil wrote his own
Raised on a rough road ---
Hell was always his home
He embraced the thug life,
he pushed white powdered dreams
After he took everything you had,
he kicked you to the curb like you were trash
If you came back to him wanting more,
he'd tell you it's not like it was before
His advice to you was to get pissy mad,
then do what you got to do, and start breaking bad
He loved to cheat and lie,
he loved being a wise guy
He loved tossin' the bones,
he loved giving you the jones
He loved the do or die,
he loved sending you to the bye and bye
He loved to spray the ammunition,
he loved drivin' down the road to perdition
He raised his kids to be like him,
to never show anyone any mercy
Said if they every had to work a prison clock,
they'd be the ones ruling the cell block
He told 'em to feast on the weak,
and to permanently cripple the strong
He said never ever be on your knees
begging and pleading for sympathy
He taught 'em to love to cheat and lie,
taught 'em how to be a streetwise guy
Taught 'em to love to toss the bones,
taught 'em how to give you the drug jones
He taught 'em to love to do or die,
taught 'em how to send you to the bye and bye
Taught 'em to love to spray the ammunition,
taking a few more with him down the road to perdition
Copyright © Freddie Robinson Jr. | Year Posted 2016