Sunday, January 27, 2013

Ayodele Poem on Forever Young, First Funeral 2013

We have been in a 400 year war with America. In this war there shall continue to be tragedies and a few victories now and then, yes, many battles but the final victory is assured when the people are confident of themselves and engaged in positive action on the right path. There is no redemption without the shedding of blood. The blood of martyrs is a reminder to keep constant, practice eternal vigilance, ever on the alert! Nisa Ra said, “The enemy will not tell you when you are winning.”–Marvin X

First Funeral, 2013

by anzinga
Forever young
never to be a grand father
early in your day
the work of you is done
you were like the heat
that never found the sun
the shine resting in
the diamond the tune up
before the song and now
you too soon gone
its impossible to say goodbye
to so few yesterdays hard to
accept the no tomorrows are
you walking with your homies
still confused and dazed
too few yesterdays no tomorrows
eating sorrow waiting for
the next one to fall trapped
in the futility of it all
strapped and targeted
shot down by shooters who
look like you love like you
bleed like you die like you
strapped and targeted too few
yesterdays and no tomorrows
brutal meter and deadly lyric
spit with venom is all that’s
left pictures of a young you
no grand father you no
tomorrow you lost in war
on ghetto streets strapped
targeted easier to get guns than
bread plenty bullets few examples of
surviving without scars
everybody bleeding blood on
your hands but guns are
easiser than bread they outnumber
compassionate alternatives
they inspire the means to the
unnecessary ends
survive by any means
live by them
die by them where are
the other means no grandfather
you jail time no diploma
living on the run
change your name but not
your destiny or the ticket
that was in your pocket when
you were born rest solider
its over go sweet child and
come again maybe the world
will be better then
go and come again maybe into
a world that raises men
to be grandfathers

Ayodele joins Marvin X and Dr. Nathan Hare  at the Black Think Tank Book Fair,
Friday, Feb 1, 3-5pm at the San Francisco Main Library.
Marvin X will be in Philly, Feb. 10 for the Black Power Babies Panel, sponsored by WURL Radio.

Black Studies at Fresno City College. 
He will be a Fresno City College, Feb 15-17 for an onstage conversation with Kehindi Solwazi, founder of

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