That’s some control.
The Day the Ghetto Died
On the day the Ghetto died
Malcolm X bowed his head
While Martin Luther King stood and cried
On the day the Ghetto Died
Some sat and sang a hymn
Others just sat and lied
Lied about what the white man did for them
On the day the Ghetto Died
Little babies ran through streets
While their mothers bowed their heads and cried
To see their children with shoes on their feets
On the day the Ghetto died
The bible was opened even wider
To thank the Lord for a bond to be tied
And to pray for it to be tighter
In front of the steeple
I sat and felt a drop of rain
I looked up despite the people
And saw Jesus rejoicing over his pain
The pain must have been great
For it came down like a herd of angry men
But then it stopped
And I saw the sky smile again
‘Twas the Day the ghetto died
all the great heroes rose from the dead
to spread the knowledge they once had to hide
to the souls whose hearts now bled
They walked in hundreds of thousands
Wearing potato sacks
And chains and ropes
I can say this – for I was there
And in unison they sang the most beautiful hymn
It was one I never got to write
Because I could only listen in solemnity
It was a song that made me frown
– one that gave me back my dignity
The tone sounded like it came
From the chain gang
But I couldn’t be sure if it was of
Rejoice or of pain
I walked around my beautiful home and cried
I looked and saw that I had everything money could buy
Then realized how little I had
But my ancestors had much pride
To every darkness,
There is a fright
Some evil doesn’t come out
Even at night
Memories wished away
by better days dreams
I had a moment
when a flash came and left
Not in my eye but on my cleft
I could not have been
like those caves of men
Did they remember acts of sin?
was their trepidation
Their need to survive
was unlike my will to thrive
They perfected the slay
Though my parents taught me to pray
Those men took wood and stone
and made fire
If I said I was alone
I am called a liar
How could they make rock
into a wheel
Now, the sound of a glock
kills my urge to feel
I guess it’s true
They did evolve
Still, we don’t have a clue
how to get through a resolve
Everything and everyone
is not what it seems
If we could reach
the burning sun
Do we need anyone to preach
when all we want to do is run?
Maybe we landed
too soon on the moon
Because of all we’ve been handed
a needle is often served with a spoon
Does being present mean
being here and there
Awakening to the scent of green
pretending just to care?
The Dog knew it was Man’s Best Friend
He made his life worthwhile
as they aged, the Dog aged faster
And, as the Man aged, He ran slower
Their connection lasted through death
Protection then came by dreams
He knew He had taught Him well
Then, when His time was up
He no longer dreamed alone
Waiting patiently on the outside
With His lights so bright,
His best friend jumped into His arms
As if guided by a leash,
He led Him into forever
I wasn’t born by a river,
no crow could say he waited nearby
for me to lay down or stop,
no bird to not welcome me a good morning
with an annoying but sweet song,
no man to ever say he got the best of me without me demanding that I was king,
no pastor, or rabbi, or preacher to not see my light before speaking their sins to me.
I wasn’t born by a river,
but I could get to one
and bottle all my troubles and let them drift away and pick them up on the otherside.
Pitted against each other
Sister and a Brother
By a man you took in
Who only sat back and grinned
Said you didn’t know
How my mind it would go
In and out of love
Still, looking up above
Things looked pretty and nice
Though, they came with a price
What made him so mad
When we all should have been glad
Time hasn’t changed a thing
With that voice, you could sing
It hurt me that you kept it in
Because of a man who sat back and grinned
We were supposed to be close
Who took the overdose?
No one did care
Just headed on to the State Fair
Remembering the beatings
You were absent for the greetings
Could a child fight the sins
From your man who sits back and grins?
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Let the lights shine
Break out the Bacardi
All Hail the coming out party
Might not be a big thing
Why don’t you see what’s underneath
Jump up and down and sing
Why did Eve have to wear a leaf?
Times are changing
Not so much for the world
So the closets are flaming
Even children want to unfurl
Why hide so much
When all love is hearty
So much Sweetness to the touch
Time for a coming out party
Break the taboo
Was it really written in stone?
Powers that be don’t have a clue
They tap more than a telephone
Raise your voices
And take a stand
You have choices
Hold the same hand
What a treasure
Make their hearts see
Pleasure is the measure
Just join the coming out party
Try to ask where you’re going
I guess it’s
not worth knowing
You play so coy
As if I’m your kept toy
Loving you isn’t always a walk in the park
That’s why I feel I’m always in the dark
Thought I caught
a fallen star
But reaching out for you
is stretching way too far
The wish I made
Really let you leave your mark
The way you keep throwing me shade
Ain’t no wonder I’m always in the dark
You’re still a pot of gold
It’s just that you’re too hot to hold
I think this is getting old
Somebody out there will break the mold
I’ll always feel the spark
When I can get you alone, one-on-one
Until then, I’ll always be in the dark
playing solitaire while you’re on the run
Playing games might be
But you’re too easy to see through
Leaving you speechless to say
How the dog
got into your stash
Or how a frog bounced your cash
off the log
And how you almost crashed
But this game
is way too lame
Even for your future walk of shame
Who you gonna blame
Can’t change your face
Too caught up in the race
Gotta pick up the pace
Step back and know your place
Did the cow suddenly jump
over the moon
Be careful ‘cause there’s a hump
When you open your mouth and
speak too soon
I’m that secret piece
between trouble and peace
Can’t wear enough grease
To sign your next lease
Of all the empty frames
you choose to see through
Seems your new match has a clue
about you playing games