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Poem 4 Fish ~ When I Write This Poem

Updated on January 23, 2014

For you, Black Man . . .


When I write this poem for you,

Black Man,

I will scribe it,

In a sense,

with quiet hesitance.


As delicate words fall from my lips,

soaked in your daunting essence,

I won't speak of surrender.

Nor of the memory of Hershey planes imploding within me

while in your presence

No.

When I write this poem for you Black Man, you will know.

I write it from my heart,

And only for you.


When I write this poem for you,

Black Man,

I will be writing it as I walk through a maze of Hows;

How will it be to hold a Black Man

How will it feel to hold a Black Man's hand

How will it taste to kiss his soft, enticing lips

How will it be to know a King

Again?


It's been such a long time since I seen you, Black Man.

Passed you by just the other day,

Didn't recognize your face,

But my heart knew

It had seen you,

Black Man!


When I write this poem for you,

Black Man,

I will be on a journey to discover the 'Why':

Why are you so fine? Not just in the physical but the workings of your mind!

Why have you survived and continued to build

Black boys into MEN,

NATIONS from a time when

You were conquered by those who hated

Who subjugated

And devalued you?

Why have you continued to love strongly the Black Woman

In all this?

Why?


When I write this poem for you Black Man, I will write it as a promise.

As a simple premise

To leave behind that which has weighed me down

All the Pain

The Hurt

The Fear

The Tears

Moments of sheer Disregard

For your heart

I will discard my Baggage

And open my soul

And I will know, you have felt these 'feelings' too!

I will know,

Poetically

That Pain, Hurt, Fear, Tears and any other words that emote

Are just that,

Words.


Black Man, when I write this poem for you, I will think in Want:

Want you

Want to laugh with you

Want to experience déjà vu

Want to make memories so true . . .


It's been such a long time since I seen you, Black Man.

Passed you by just the other day,

Didn't recognize your face,

But my heart knew

It had seen you,

Black Man!


When I write this poem for you Black Man,

Day will become night

Sun will compliment moon.

I will think of the Black Man,

YOU &

I won't wonder . . .

If this poem I wrote for the Black Man, for YOU

is through!


HoTeP!





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      Kiss andTales 5 years ago

      Yes I must agree you have touched the heart with this piece , beautiful ,and never forgotten!

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      Kiss andTales 5 years ago

      Hi Satice ,it is wonderful hearing from you I just looked over at your page the other day , and remember how you were my great support and inspirer ,I missed your opinions on my work ,and yes that is how I know you had been gone. I think we all take a break from HP, but we come back ,looking forward to reading some of your work , and I know you might have something sitting on a shelf ,that spells your name , I would ever be happy to hear this news ,I know if not now you will make it happen! With love KT!

      Ps I always loved your pics!lol

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      satice_j 5 years ago from via the Bronx, NY

      Ty! Kiss and Tales, I so appreciate your sincerity in the review of this piece. I've always written from the 'I' perspective because I can write from no other aspect. I wrote this for one person, yet it is a celebration of all the beautiful African American men I have known and who touched my life. I've been away for a little while, but I will be sure to read your work and return the vote up! God Bless!

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      satice_j 5 years ago from via the Bronx, NY

      Why ty! ;) I appreciate your reading my words!

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      htodd 6 years ago from United States

      Interesting post

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      Kiss andTales 6 years ago

      I love your style and your expressions, I think you have touched on the beauty of a black man, the pics you use are beautiful. and I think beauty is defind in the eyes of the beholder.and I think our art through written page is inspiring of many other situations not just our own, ,sometimes the reader may loose sight that this piece does not have to be our experience but someone elses ,we are inspired artist some of my poems are a man view.thanks for sharing this piece.

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      satice_j 6 years ago from via the Bronx, NY

      @jenubouka Smiles!

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      jenubouka 6 years ago

      Well that too...

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      satice_j 6 years ago from via the Bronx, NY

      Hi hi Jenubouka, thank you for the support and the appreciation of this particular piece. I love your interpretation of the pictures and although not my own thoughts I accept your perception on them. I just thought they were fine! Giggles. Peace. :)

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      satice_j 6 years ago from via the Bronx, NY

      @Shaisty-Chase-Tea, you know a writer will always have his/her critics, poet as well; that's all good ya know. This poem was written for a 'brotha' who I cared about and in no way could I rip tha blackness away from him cause he is too real. To large, in his own right. Maybe my adding the pictures in a way represents him, he is a redbone, maybe they are just for me, because I like to see a fine brotha every now and then. I hope church folk will read my poem and respect that I am a poetess and laud me on that alone. I will tell you this, I have strong Black Men in my family, I have loved strong Black men in my womanhood, and I will write poem after poem for them because I respect them. I hope there are not Black men but African American men reading this poem as I write this and I hope they understand I may have written it for 1 but it is for them all. It is for Fish, Willie G., Willie L. (R.I.P.) Dominic C., Maj. R.A.C., Lenny W., Sandy W., Theodore H., Dr. J.A. H., etc., Giggles, I love them all! Peace!

      P.S. Thank you for reading my work, I will definitely read your hubs with a fine eye. I thank you for the vote up and the awesome. Once again, Peace!

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      jenubouka 6 years ago

      I disagree with Shaisty-Chase-Tea, there is quite a poetic tune here, especially during the verse "why" "Nations from a time when".... I took the physical appearance of the images as what they carried on the inside, that no matter how they were beaten down, the inner and outer shells remained strong willed. As they say Beauty is with in to reflect the with out

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      Shaisty-Chase-Tea 6 years ago from The Outskirts

      i don't mean to be disrespectful but it sounded like you just ripped blackness away from a lot of brothas... personally, other than my two ignant but in different way best friends, all the other black people i know (alot) are church folk, and they worry more about spiritual goodness than the ripped muscle of physical appearance, whad do your boys representing where they ain't shirtless... extra medium to create the illusion... Ps I voted you up and gave you an awesome credit ... i read half of I writer too but it's more nonfiction mental bio a prose ars poetica so i lost interest and read a poem... it was written very good though, you feel like a young sista souja FOR REAL

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      satice_j 6 years ago from via the Bronx, NY

      Aaawww! Ty, Jenubouka! Much appreciated! :)

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      jenubouka 6 years ago

      Awesome, very intricate. True poetry.

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