Thursday, March 5, 2015

From the Archives of Marvin X, the USA's Rumi, Saadi, Hafiz, Plato

Al Fitnah Muhajir

When you enter
strange cities
be silent
in the streets
but speak
with all
you meet
And you will see
as the people see
the poor people
are very rich.

When you enter
their homes
eat with them
or they will hate you
but eat not
that which will kill you
even if they insist
for you have been taught
by the Great Teacher
and they know Him not
may even mock Him
to your face
but cool your voice
they will submit
when they meet Him
when they see Him
in you

When you love
peoples of the world
rivers are nothing
between you
and strange tongues
a soulful tune
Salaam, salaam.
--Marvin X, aka Nazzam Al Sudan, El Muhajir
from The New Black Poetry, edited by Clarence Major, 1972, New World Paperbacks

Marvin X and the Black Arts Movement 27 City Tour is coming your way soon as you book us in your city. For booking the BAM Poet's Choir and Arkestra: Call 510-200-4164. Suggested fee for three hour concert with the BAM Poet's Choir and Arkestra, including Q and A: $50,000.00--$100,000. Fee negotiable.

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