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 "CAN YOU SEE ME?"


Can you see me?

A righteous display
of Black Masculine energy

Can you see me?

Fist raised
bills paid
Kids clothed and fed everyday
and every night I come home
to love my woman down.

Can you see me?

In the fight
against mis education
and stereotypes.
Confronting elements
lecturing me
on the way
they want me to be.
Speak politely
Never rabble rouse
Never cause a scene
Smile....
Laugh....
Don't be so mean.

Can you see me?

On my knees..
praying religiously
To unseen deities
Sporting ancient death chambers
Around my neck
Down my chest
Savior not resembling my color hue
I'm always giving thanks to.

Can you see me?

Even in a three piece suit
Police still profile us
as violent in humane brutes.
Targeted
Harassed
by tea party bigots
and ignored by passing taxi cabs.


Can you see me?

Well verse in teachings
Dubois
Booker
Stokley
Malcolm
and Garvey?
Knowledge I strive
is 7/24/365
preparing revolution
as the final solution
armed with books and guns
ready to protect our women
daughters and sons.
Yet hoping peace and unconditional love
will be the ultimate outcome.

Can you see me?
No!

Because Down Low Bro's
Monologuing-Do-nothing Negroes
Deadbeat baby daddies
and men dressed like mammies
to make you laugh
always seem to obstruct your view.
What's worst, you don't have a clue.

(c) 2011 R.M.
All Rights Reserved.






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