When Poetry Met Music

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We are the Curators of Our Own Lives Pt5

(In Spite of) The Evil That Men Do

On a mote of dusk, suspended on
Sunbeams, was something
Foreseen, like a recurring dream
In the twilight of tides ago
Waking me from fits of sleep
To news of innocents
Made victims of the darkness
That plagues us, with the light
In their eyes plucked by villains
Broken inside
With no regard for the strings of life
Trying to blight
Everything in sight of broad daylight.

But, in spite of the evil that men do –

It is in the light
Of these innocent souls
Saved by the burning spirit
In the sky, that the shadow of their
Lives is made whole, grown
Out of Earthen echoes
Of the cosmos, aligning their
Footprints with healing rays that sing
Reflections of a golden dream:
Out of myriad
Hues casts one light of the world.

©2019 MDSHall

The Very Best of the Voices in My Head Side 1

1. “When a person can no longer laugh at himself, it is time for others to laugh at him.”
—Thomas Szasz

2. “That was the thing about the world: it wasn’t that things were harder than you thought they were going to be. It was that they were hard in ways that you didn’t expect. ”
-Lev Grossman

3. “To feel the affection that comes from those whom we do not know … widens out the boundaries of our being, and unites all living things.”
-Pablo Neruda

4. William S. Burroughs on Love:

“Love? What is It? Most natural painkiller what there is. LOVE.”

5. “It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.”

6. “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.”
– Henry David Thoreau

7. Politically Incorrect Advice to the Young from William S. Burroughs:

“Any old soul is worth saving at least to a priest, but not every soul is worth buying.”

8. “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”
– Abraham Lincoln

9. “Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.”
-Vince Lombardi

10. “I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear.”
-Rosa Parks

11. “I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.”
-Florence Nightingale

12. “It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.”
-Herman Melville

13. “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”
– Charles Darwin

For H. I. P. H. O. P Heads 2019

This is an extended revision of a 2016 Facebook post.
Rapper(s) I like: Kendrick Lamar & J. Cole
Favorite rapper now: Joey Bada$$ (what I’ve heard by him)
Rapper I can’t stand: Drake
Rap Group I can’t stand: Migos
Rapper I once liked but not now: Kanye
Rapper(s) I still don’t like: Lil’ Wayne & Master P
Rapper(s) I think is overrated: Jay Z & Eminem
Rapper(s) I think is underrated: Wu-Tang Clan, but it took me watching “Of Mics and Men,” then reminiscing back, to realize it; plus, All of the Native Tongues (DeLa, ATCQ, Queen Latifah, Monie Love, but especially the Jungle Bros.)
Rapper(s) I like a lot : Mos Def
Rapper(s) I secretly like a lot: now – Jay Electronica/back in the day – Siah & Yeshuah DapoED
Rapper I truly respect now: Tupac (though it took me all these years to delve into the legacy of his influence through the looking glass, so to say, and see him as one of the progenitors to the BLM movement rather than just analyzing his rise as a walking contradiction of an artist who walked right into the reins of his own demise. )
G. O. A. T. : Rakim
Runner-Up(s)to the G.O.A.T. : KRS-One, Chuck D. & Melle Mel
Favorite Beat Makers: Madlib, J Dilla, Premier, RZA, Pete Rock, The Ummah, Dr. Dre, DJ Shadow, Kan Kick, Just Blaze, 9th Wonder
Copy & Paste Your Choices in the comments.