Black Lives Matter: Six Poems

Poetry can often channel grief, pain, solidarity, and resistance in ways that everyday language can’t.

Black Lives Matter: Six Poems

Remember that we are all but shattered Mirrors looking to mend our images.

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Feature Friday…. Spoken Word Artist, Black Chakra.. “Running Through Graveyards (Blind spotting)”

Good day lovely people! Today is Feature Friday! Although there are no submissions for this week I still wanted to provide some poetic entertainment today. I have been following a spoken word artist name Black Chakra on youtube. He has a passionate message. I recently came across a poem he did in 2018 with WANPOETRY. It was heartfelt so I wanted to share with you. So todays feature is a personal choice. I hope you enjoy this poem.

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The Line up…

It’s Thursday Y’all and what better way to show some love. Check out this poem from poets Kodak and Self the Poet called, “The Line Up”.

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Invisible

You hold the sun in your hands
And the moon in the crevices of your arms
The earth grazes your feet every second of the day
and I’m jealous
because the world gets all of your attention
Maybe the wind will blow and turn your head and you can see me
Standing here
waiting

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Tongue Fights

The tongue is a mightier than the sword.

I guess thats why so many of us have severed lips.

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and Stop…

Do you know How does it feel to mourn everyday
Tears falling from cant see morning to cant see night
Storm outta not come
Cause My tears are flood waters
And
I build a damn from the pits of this soul
Another breathe released from its lungs
More bodies cradled in caskets
Another mother builds
a damn
There are only a few people who give a damn
And we tear down those damns
Only fears we have are from those who look like us
Breath like us
And stop
Like us
Our fear taught us how not
to hate the enemy
Only hate ourselves
Only hate those who breathe like us
And stop
It’s not about community anymore
No more borrowing sugar
Cause it will just taste like salt anyway
Bitter and pained
Everyman for himself
Put your love in your back pocket
This aint that
throw your softness overboard
Take your kindness with it
Hard bodies make it easier to hear them drop
Roses no longer grow from concrete
They only grow in graveyards
Funeral homes become family reunions
Pall bearers electric slide Caskets into hurses
Cause nobody is stepping in the name of love
But our Court is held in the street
All rise
Or all fall
Jury of our peers
Sentence
Shoot out at the mall
Sentence
Drive by at mama’s house
Sentence
Gun fight in the children’s zoo parking lot
Sentence
execution
Cause we know what it feels like to mourn every day
and Build more damns
Just so we can graffiti their tombstones on them
Memorialize them to live forever on white tees
And forget about them in our hearts
Tattoo them on our forearms cause it’s the only way we can hug them again
Damn
These streets hard
This world harder
These crys loud
These tears louder
This pain loud
This healing louder
This life hard
This breath louder
Until it’s not
Until it stops

©2019Tehilayah Ysrayl

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Its been a minute!

So its been awhile, I know. I have been very busy. Children are out of school and I have been keeping them busy so they don’t drive me up a wall. I’m learning and appreciating time off my electronic devices. It’s freeing!

But anyway…

Time is approaching and on June 30th 2019, I will be spotlighted with 2 other talented poets. We have actually gotten together and collaborated on a poem. It’s amazing. I’m super excited and super nervous at the same time. I’m still checking the list of poems that I want to present off. My pen has been busy because I wanted to bring new content. I will be reading from No Idle Word as there are a couple of poems I want to share. The goal is to post pics and video of the event at a later time here on No Line Left Behind, so stay tuned. If you are in the Fort Wayne, Indiana area stop by and check us out.

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Super Excited

So it’s been a minute. Been busy with my pen preparing for an awesome opportunity. I will be in a collaboration with a couple of local poets in my area. Its is going to awesome. We all have 3 distinct voices but we will all have 1 mic. These poets are very talented. We will also be doing a collaborative peice along with our individual pieces. Im super excited and kind of nervous. If you are in tje area join us.

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Hope to see you there.

POETIC GUMBO

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It’s finally here. May 7th 2019.

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©2019 Tehilayah Ysrayl

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