Grandfather cradled me
Massaged my forehead with prayer
Chanted softly my name , ripe
as nocturne, soothing evening song
Anointed me. Summoned into my veins
the mighty Nile ; we seized the moment —
the mystique, the ancient, the eternal
wonder–of my being. Imbued
my swarthiness , resonant radiance.
Now my father cradled me.
Massaged my heels with clay clutched new
Then arched me into the heavens.
The Sky Eye approved. We
glow in the knowing.
Behold, I AM
braids & ponytails double-dutching
twisting pavements bouncing playgrounds
bright shiny faces tease and flirt
strutting sass chanting names with
rhymes for beads & bowrettes
excited leaps to a joyous chorus
whips of fire spree of majesty
jewels of wazuri frolic
queens of fancy-yet-crowned
Every brotha aint a brotha
Every right on aint right
This so called brotha tryin to rap
some ol bull to me bout ball n chains
But I aint buyin
Jus tell charlie
Gimme a chisel n hammer
& I’ll do what I gotta do
Now comes charlie
He gonna play dumb
but he aint stupid
when I strike a match
I need a fog
Jus cuz I don’t start fires
don’t mean I don’t burn down sh**
Goes to show ya
Every brotha aint
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