Our Africa.

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Painting by cyzeal.

 

Proud of the supposed “color”

That they claim I exhibit,

A regular tattoo parlor

That they provide

Etching their perceptions

On my skin

And its particular pigment.

Notice unwary stares,

As you enter restaurants

Unsettled in their chairs,

Am I supposed to be afraid?

Or somewhat intimidated?

The very thought process

Is nothing more than out-dated.

Best to speak up

A little more exertion

In your racist remarks,

Not really geared

To be a mind reader,

Reckless in my approach

Hardly afraid of people’s thoughts.

Self-aware of my position,

Unhinged from social constructs,

The patronizing, the analyzing,

Made from many pieces and parts

That do not, and will not

Have a place in society’s

Endless supply

Of cultural hierarchies.

Fellow brothers and sisters

The scramble for Africa

And mention of Slavery

Should halt, unforgivable,

As they may be

Are not our niche,

History’s

Gracefully provided leash

On our identity

And who we truly are.

I will not be defined by the past

Just like it sounds

Its already passed,

That was the first chapter

I’m not moving backwards

My story is only destined

To move forward.

– Original-Dante

The artist can be found here:Β http://cyzeal.deviantart.com/

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11 thoughts on “Our Africa.

    Dorinda Duclos said:
    September 26, 2015 at 4:12 PM

    Beautifully written with passion. Excellent, my friend πŸ™‚

      Original-Dante responded:
      September 26, 2015 at 5:01 PM

      Haha thank you my friend πŸ™‚ I was really feeling the need to express.

    forgottenmeadows said:
    September 27, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    one of your best! Great write πŸ™‚

      Original-Dante responded:
      September 27, 2015 at 4:36 PM

      Haha thanks Neha, It had so much passion considering it was personal πŸ™‚

        forgottenmeadows said:
        September 27, 2015 at 6:50 PM

        I think those poems are the ones that connect most with others…coming from the heart πŸ™‚

        Original-Dante responded:
        September 27, 2015 at 6:59 PM

        Lol I agree, so true πŸ™‚

    wanhambi said:
    September 29, 2015 at 1:54 PM

    Because black is beautiful..This poem is beautiful!!

      Original-Dante responded:
      September 29, 2015 at 1:56 PM

      Black is indeed beautiful…Thank you! πŸ™‚

    72 Hours In. « Original-Dante said:
    January 3, 2016 at 5:30 PM

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