In Remembrance of the Bard of Harlem

“Hey! Black soul being told…”
(with “permanence, perseverance & persistence”)
–The Last Poets
(& Thomas Carlyle)

I am the progeny of your
Jazzical folk lore, Mr. Hughes —
Your presence is the essence
Speaking life
Into why I
Even write

Words are my warriors
Fighting off
The censors & critics
Of freedom for all

Who’d take pride in
Killing the messenger
For they are unrealizing

Of the extent
That the message
Has been sown

Which is exactly
Why I continue
In the name of truth
& let it be known
Because that’s where
Wisdom is found.

©2018, 21stcenturygrio


  1. Reblogged this on Creative Writing Course and commented:
    Thanks for the follow.

    Thank you very much.. That is one of the reasons I really enjoy being a writer…so I can touch someone’s heart through the power of words.

    Kind Regards

    Best wishes from the First City to see the light

    Liked by 1 person

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