A Thousand Paper Chains

 

Respire into peace,

And hear the rain,

Ebony touching open sky,

Smells of ashes

From the hanging tree,

The softness of rose petals

Etched upon weathered memories

Like yesterdays, the gifts you left.

 

Release the link 

With the same humble stature

That glided his well worn quill

Into the deepest parts of every heart

It touched, 

Because even hatred 

Knows the truth that lay

Written upon the hides of slaves.

 

Close the tired eyes

That envisioned the death

Of a dream and made it real,

That shunned the sneers

And humbly wiped away

The putrid smell

Of anglo-saxon spit 

From cheeks of color.

 

Write loudly and proudly,

And rejoice in the death 

Of a dream become reality,

Break through the pain,

Feel the rain,

Listen..hear the gasping breath 

Of the multitudes rejoice

For a thousand paper chains.

 

....

 

Author's Notes/Comments: 

Amiri Baraka

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this is a beautiful

this is a beautiful dedication. totally worthy of it all. Magnificent!!! hugss

 


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And I had a chance to use my

And I had a chance to use my new word... compliments of you and oxford.  Thanks ssmoothie!

 


...and he asked her, "do you write poetry? Because I feel as if I am the ink that flows from your quill."

"No", she replied, "but I have experienced it. "

 

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Thanx for the fast write up on Mm Allets' "Guru"

Thanx for the fast write up on Mm Allets' "Guru".Thanx to Mm Allets and you for educating via google and posts by you & the departed ppfriend. Wishing her a true disciple's life ahead. I've lost about 30-40% of my enthusiasm with her announcement.Anyway broken eggs cant be put into the shell again.So..... well this is that...............................................((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((PEACE))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))


©bishu 

 

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You're welcome, and thanks

You're welcome, and thanks for reading, Bishu!!

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...and he asked her, "do you write poetry? Because I feel as if I am the ink that flows from your quill."

"No", she replied, "but I have experienced it. "