So I Run…
Mental Miming.. A letter to the artist in me.
In order to be considered for the Rebel Spotlight, one must have done something epic, something that resonates in the souls of many and inspires positive change. Over the last few weeks we have felt many greats such as Gill Scott Heron and Elmer “Geromino” Pratt former Black Panther Party member transcend to the next level. Both were rebels and revolutionaries in their own right. The cause of the deaths are unknown.
This weeks spotlight, however, will feature Will “Da Real One” Bell. He transcended on May 29th in the early morning hours. Bell was walking to his car when another vehicle pulled up and opened fire. I know it took some time for reality to set in and has yet to do so for others. We are acknowledging this literary soldier because his movements, thoughts and words touched the lives and hearts of so many. His story is truly inspirational. Bell’s grind from the bottom to the top is an example that we can make it and assist others along the way. He was an activist and also focused on advancement for battered and abused women. He participated and initiated many fundraisers to support this cause. Will “Da Real One” Bell is missed and we are grateful for those who knew him personally and gave him flowers while he could still smell them.
Home going Services will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2011 at 1pm @ Upper Room Ministries (formerly Cooper Temple, 3800 NW 199 Street, Miami Gardens, FL 33055). The viewing will be on Friday, June 3 @ Wright & Young Funeral Home from 9am-9pm (15332 Northwest 7th Avenue, Miami 33169).
I used my pen, to escape from the pen,
fixed myself among broken men,
I was broken then,
so I wrote from with in, self confession produced hope in the end,
had to walk away from most of my friends,
and it seems that life has me walking again,
hopelessness like a crazy ex is stalking again,
voices in my head is talking again,
vivid memories of the coroner chalking my friend,
I take sleep medication hoping to see my Mother again,
hug my woman only to wish to be her lover again,
and you knew me when?
By way of smile not produced by joy but by amazement of my ability not to cry,
my level of faith not allowing me to ask God why,
you register the times I fail yet forget to credit me when I try,
do you know that on most days i don’t even care if I die?
Therefore who cares if you lie in the mentioning of my character, when the ear that listens is just as foul as the mouth that speaks it,
your life is what you sow so dont be a bitch when its time for you to reap it,
and your apology you can keep it,
because i forgave you long before you knew that I was even aware of your wrongful judgement against me,
and i still wish you peace…
Promised God upon my release that I wouldn’t be back,
so i’m using my pen to escape again,
walking away from some friends all over again, so i can mend,
and I prayed the whole time writing this so i guess, the end,
(This was his last Facebook note.)
Poetry.. my dreams and visions, my war cry of rebellion, loving santuary and knowledge seeking truth. I have had a long standing relationship with poetry from when I first read “Where the Sidewalk Ends” by Shel Silverstein and “A Dream Deferred” by Langston Hughes when I was 9. To my delight the media has showcased spoken word poetry through out with the 1975 broadway play ” For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf”, 1997 movie “Love Jones”, 2002, HBO 6 season, Def Jam Poetry and 2008 “Brave New Voices” for teenage poets. April is National Poetry Month so Im sharing a few of my favorite poets that I love and admire. These are just a few Revolutionary Poets! Support Poetry!
1. Sunni Patterson– Her spirit reached out and healed me… “More than a poet, more than a singer, more than an emcee–it’s not just what she says, it’s how she says it. Emerging from the musical womb that is New Orleans, artist and visionary Sunni Patterson combines the heritage and tradition of her Native town with an enlightened modern world view to create music and poetry that is timeless in its groove.”
Website for more information www.sunnipatterson.com/
2. Warasan Shire– Speaks to my soul thee most!… “Warsan Shire is a Kenyan born Somali poet and writer who is based in London. Born in 1988, she is an artistic activist who has read her work all over the world, more recently South Africa, Italy and Germany. Her poetry has been translated into Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. She believes in healing through narrative and art. She works with refugee communities in the UK through poetry workshops to document their stories of journey and trauma.”
In prepartaion for War
to my daughter i
will say, when the men come, set
yourself on fire.
like many of the women back home
you have hair that reaches your waist
or the ground if you are bent over a chair
or the dimples of his back
if you are over his shoulder.
like many of the men you have loved
he was obsessed with your hair,
once even wrapped it around
his arm like rope, another time enjoyed
mouthfuls of it while you made love.
Check out her blog for more poems: http://www.warsanshire.blogspot.com/
3. Amir Sulaiman– Intense, powerful…. “Deep within Rochester New York, a poet writes the words his heart can no longer restrain. From the silent cries of the battered wife to the painful resignation of the orphaned child in Malawi, Amir Sulaiman intensely radiates the stories of life. The ailments of humanity are channeled through him into the eyes, ears, and hearts of the listeners.”
I am not angry, I am anger
I am abominable, stress, Eliotic relentless
I’m a death sentence
For the beast and his henchmen
Politicians and big businessmen
I’m a teenage Palestinian
Opening fire at an Israeli checkpoint, point blank, check-mate, now what?!
I’m a rape victim with a gun cocked to his cock, cock BANG! Bangkok! Now what?!…..
For rest of this poem check out his website http://amirsulaiman.com/
4. Staceyann Chin– Fell in love with her story and presence… “A resident of New York City and a Jamaican National, she has been an “out poet and political activist” since 1998. From the rousing cheers of the Nuyorican Poets’ Cafe to one-woman shows Off- Broadway to poetry workshops in Denmark and London to co-writer and performer in the Tony nominated, Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway.”
For more information http://www.staceyannchin.com/v2/index.html
5.Gil Scott-Heron–One of the orginal revolutionary poets….”Gil Scott-Heron (born April 1, 1949) is an American poet, musician, and author known primarily for his late 1960s and early 1970s work as a spoken word soul performer and his collaborative work with musician Brian Jackson. Albums, most notably Pieces of a Man and Winter in America in the early 1970s, influenced and helped engender later African-American music genres such as hip hop and neo soul. Scott-Heron’s recording work is often associated with black militant activism.”
Influenced poet Sara Jones-Your Revolution