When Poetry Met Music

Latest Poem on 🅱logger;) 8/16/19



(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

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.

Talking Drum

(ode to the poetry of our passage)

When I started to scribble
Scrupulously, it was only
Within the wisdom of my

Words & the vessel of my
Verses, where the sacred
& profane anonymously

Melded behind the masks
Of hopes, aspirations &
Dreams that I was taught

The talking drum
Speaks in tongues
Of this native son.

©2019 MDSHall

Lift Every Voice

There’s no present like the time

…To raze the daze
Of yesterday’s mistakes
And discern the words
That conjure
The untold souls
Of the unspoken heard
Like drums forging forward
In hymns of the inner ear
Echoing visions
Of the voice within, lifting us
For the long haul
Out of the cacophony
Of urban sprawl
Into the harmony
Of our own antiphony
In writes of passage
Carrying on the conversations
Between creation and curation
That celebrate the incantations
Of life, above and beyond
Boundaries and categories…

Because, in lieu of our scars,
The scrolls of our souls
Render us whole and anew.

©2019 MDSHall. All Rights Reserved.