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mad graffiti

 

 

E. R. Smith, 2018

Throwed up the sour crux of the matter

Call me vandal, huh? Where’s your plan for me?

Infrastructure F–Ked up since my pop’s feet pattered

Demographics show me last on the list….maybe, we’ll see..

 

This battered wall, reminds of  vivid existence

Slapped woke, retaliating for unprovoked focused pain

This passive palette, path of least resistance

Styling a marching movement, more than for ihe slain

 

World  peep gifts possible in all!  Nourish satiate the multitudes

Burning bombs on the wall bleed, crimes of exclusion

Artists fists lash out; violent pigments glow, unchecked attitudes

Opportunities for the red blood born,  won’t suffer occlusion

 

 

 

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Of War and Peace Tanka

Mind computes updates

Piece build synapse bridge, close eyes

Wind down the networks

War of the psyche for peace

Shut down the noise of worry

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Links to Women’s History

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Portrait courtesy of untilitsallgone.com

If I were a woman in the midst of history, as Mrs. Michelle Obama is in this portrait.  Crossing that veil, how would I start a conversation?  I envision a party in a grand room.

In my mind, Luther Vandross is playing; yes I know he’s not a woman–But he’s Luther…we women love him.

Flowers are everywhere, roses of all colors, rare blooms, smells wonderful.

The room has an open floor plan, and is bright and well lit, with portraits of unnamed women throughout time, who’ve fought on the behalf of all people.  I read names and take notes, I will research these ladies later.

I walk over to groups and join conversations…here are some excerpts of my comments:

Bessie Coleman (aviator, first black women to hold a pilot’s license)

“How is Mae Jemison doing?  You’d both be pleased to know we have so many female pilots and astronauts now.  Why don’t I fly?  Well, cause I truly fear heights, but I’ve been a passenger.”

Katherine Durham (choreographer, educator, activist)

“Have you met Rihanna?, she puts her money where her heart is.”

Maya Angelou (poet, author, civil rights activist)

“I’ve missed you, do you know I just began writing too; although I know I couldn’t be as honest and open as you.”  

Rosa Parks (the first lady of civil rights)

“Just so you know, all teens now choose to sit at the back of the bus.”

Dorothy Height (educator, activist, fought for rights of black women) and Mary McLeod Bethune  (educator, activist, established a private school for black children)

Oprah Winfrey established a school for black girls in South Africa; and recently someone asked her if she’d consider the presidency.  I think she’d win.” 

Dorothy Dandridge (actress, dancer, first black female Academy Award nominee for Best Actress)

“Girl,  Viola Davis is kicking Academy butt, and she’s not light skinned; she’s changing what Hollywood thinks about sexy.  She wears her hair natural, in public! That caused all kinds of media drama.”

Ida B. Wells Barnett (journalist, editor, suffragist)

“You would have so much fun protesting in this era, when new policies seek to turn back time.”

Althea Gibson (first black athlete to cross the color line of international tennis)

Serena and Venus Williams are great players, yet I still hear them booed in some stadiums; doesn’t stop them from slaughtering opponents though.  I love when they win in pairs.”

Josephine Baker (singer/entertainer, french resistance) and Mahalia Jackson (the queen of gospel, civil rights supporter)

Lady Gaga said, she’s just trying to change the world one sequin at a time, you guys would love her style; she’s fought for marriage rights for all.  Selena Gomez supports UNICEF, helping at risk children around the world.  Ariana Grande speaks out on the rights of women to be as human as men, which we would all agree is long overdue.”

As you would imagine, the party ends much too soon.  If you were in the room, who would you seek to speak with and what would you say?

Parlay and Let It Ride

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Photo of Evan Spiegel creator of Snapchat

 Parlay and Let It Ride

no gamble when keeping self counsel

know your worth, observed, not pride

be both black and red on a carousel

build strategy, fiercely shield cards, mask that

poker face

show your hand, once they show theirs

win believers all over the place

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Spring into Renewal

Spring into renewal; leap with the force of your being

gather the wisdom of the ages, change the tired of seeing

Bound to depths of wells holding past imaginings; dreams woven in youth

trash the rubbish, ignore doubters, showcase your own truth

Vault on a new path, gutsy, fearless, and free; reinvent

follow spring season’s newborn feet, keep the soul relevant

Center Yourself

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Center yourself, breathe

reach out to ancestors for strength

new history,  you can’t believe

has one at rope’s length

Center yourself, pray

archangels stand readily armed

call on power of The One Creator

so no nation may be harmed

Center yourself, believe

 ideals in parchment and stone

cherished by the multitude 

who call this nation home

Center yourself, laugh

see humor in argument

gasping tears into wet drawers

best medicine for turbulent 

Living The Dream

-Michael Cleaves Living The Dream Got up from the Woolworth’s lunch counter, messy with condiments; Used prints to create a dashiki Marched all over the southern land, sight-saw…

Source: Living The Dream