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Mine Eyes Have Seen The Glory


Mine eyes have seen the glory
From piss pots, slop buckets and tin roofs – no blinds
To a centrally heated home and enough baths to pee at the same time.
From a few packs of chicken thighs cooked to last seven days a week
To steamed rice, roasted red potatoes, fish only – I’ll pass on the meat.

Mine eyes have seen the glory
Kinky black hair, brown skin and full lips – disrespected
Sprinting for a public beach to take a dip – civil rights protected.
Loving the sand between my toes and life’s infinite possibilities
Years later as stretch marks, cellulite and rolls show freely.

Mine eyes have seen the glory
The seeds of Negros highly educated in Calculus, sines and cosines
But morally epileptic, seizuring for prosperity, trying to keep time.
Fortune or fame is fine but neither of which do I aspire
Returning to our former virtues is my truest desire before I expire.

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  1. Hoodboi
    June 15, 2010 at 11:10 PM

    That’s a heavy piece of work. Well said. All you need is a beat and I think you very well may be on to something…really. This is what’s up:-P

  2. E
    June 21, 2010 at 4:31 PM

    I am speechless. I feel like the was the preamble for young Black Americans to stand up and regain their Pride and Honor or the speech that would be read during the opening ceremonies at a black 4th of July event.

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