Archive for February, 2012

NEW BOOK

February 21, 2012

Inspirational and Spiritual book of Poems:
Watching You, A Collection of Tetractys Poems by Leonard Dabydeen (2012) ISBN: 9781469148021 Xlibris Publications

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Do Not Feel Shame (fibonacci)

February 21, 2012

Do

not

feel shame

who you are,

for who you become

makes a difference tomorrow.

 

Light on your black skin brings pleasure,

erase any lies

of weakness

about

you

us.

 

If For A Moment

February 21, 2012

If
for a moment
you could take your hands
off the colour barrier,
clasp them
in a gesture of faith,
then begin
your prayer
as it echoes in your heart,
your mind your soul guide
asking the Almighty
to prequel forgiveness,
for you know not
black or white
or mullato in sight,
that clarion voice
inside of you
will harp
to wonder why
thorns are among
beautiful roses.

I Am Black

February 21, 2012

Just
because
I am black
you measure me
by the colour of my skin to such shame.

I build you railroads and teach you freedom
never turn back
to hear you
insult
me.

February 21, 2012
 Black History
 

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  One day me cross over punt trench,
greenheart bridge only wide like me shoulda,
me machete tie ‘pon me waist
me head-band tie strong
fuh steady me head,
me bend down and scratch me big toe
waiting like a morning cock a crow
in Goberdhan back yard,
‘till overseer done make he list
me and Cujo fuh cut cane
‘till punt come, ‘till punt come
quick, quick me squat on the grass
take out me calabash
with me dry-coconut
and me salt-fish,
eat quick, quick and drink water
from the canal
and all day we cut cane
cut and bundle cane
load punt ‘till sun come down,
skin black like punt
ashen-gray in Picasso color,
in the truck I listen to the voice
deep inside my heart
how the dust from my black skin
will one day take me far, far away
on a journey of my dreams
from Africa, through the villages in Ghana
across the Atlantic and the Pacific
into the cold, winter streets of America
and rendezvous in Canada
for my new generation
to make black history
a curriculum of their lives.