“for etheridge knight, mamie & the hip-hop generation” Lloyd C. Daniel May 13, 2015 Poetry this praise poem will never end projecting hope & courage extending that malcolm/martin/corky dream first motions of the next phase liberation for the brown/the blue/the red/black & green this poem this poem this poem is about a baton being carried by fearless youth again this poem lives and breaths everyday/on streets called crenshaw in l.a. ramparts in new orleans lindell in st. louis convent & lenox in harlem king in atlanta 5 points in denver two street in richmond southside in chicago point breeze in philly & on swope parkway in k.c. this poem is for those who admit being human having made mistakes this poem is a tribute to the martyrs folks who were tested/arrested/beat down i said/ain’t never had a break this poem is about what we do everyday and how we relate to people/the family we know this poem this poem this poem this poem is for the truth standing firm all up in the face of a lie this poem is for those who’ve watched the motherplane glow amber/change into a pyramid/a light and cartwheel across the sky this poem is for the white/blue/red brown/green & the black stand between us and justice this poem’s boun to jack this poem this poem is for the hip-hop generation that ain’t afraid to use an ak but would much rather live in a peaceful way this poem changes by the second changes by the minute changes by the hour this poem is about real people leading our next push for power this poem has no need to slap or shoot ya this poem is ancient/into the future this poem is for mother johnson on the back row of rev. hinkty’s church about to get put out who every sunday “hold my mule” gots to catch power/get happy/scream & shout this poem is for little girls in philadelphia vietnam grenada panama iraq somalia afghanistan and on lakota indian reservations who wish the world police hadn’t killed they daddy just cause he wanted to free up the nation this poem this poem this poem is for our warriors their nations/tribes & 21st rollin century sets who want to come back in from the cold we welcome you home with no regrets this poem is for our political prisoners/exiles and prisoners of war who also want to come back home i’m talking bout comrades like sundiata acoli/pete o’neal/leonard peltier/elizam escobar harriet tubman (i mean assata shakur) all of whom should be left the fuck alone this poem this poem is for the healing of the nation reintegration/the end of devastation/the healing the healing/the healing/the healing our right to power/peace & self-determination continuous revolution/real education/economic construction & national independence i said love & liberation/whoop! there that is the healing of aztlan & the new african nation this is how our future can be this poem is for latin alliance/a lighter shade of brown/kid frost body count & ice-t this poem is not for opportunists/sellouts/snitches nor the greedy this poem just like you/will not be faded & is down for a peace treaty yeah/yeah/yeah/yeah this poem is rollin/in the house this poem’s a peace summit/in the house this poem is you/in the house this poem is for the hip-hop generation/baaaby this poem/rides a rhyme this poem is about yo time this poem is for the coup/freestyle fellowship/public enemy x-clan/arrested development/paris/digable planets it’s for common/harmony/society of soul/rakim & eric b jesse west & sugar free/lakim shabazz & prt king sun/kirk franklin/gospel gangstaz/divine styler/the goodie mob food for your soul/oh yeah/oh yeah outcast/the fugees/erykah badu guru/spearhead & linque tupac & biggie too “we’ll always love our nation” krs-one/dead prez/prince akeem/bahamadia/the chosen ones all of whom i hope grow phat this poem is like this this poem is like that this poem is like this this poem is about to fall back and say hip-hop hurray ho!/hey!/ho! Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.