View Full Version : My Family Tree

08-09-2005, 02:09 PM
I have an extended family
That some would consider thieves
I hope youíll understand me
While I depict the foliage of the leaves
My bigger brother Malcolm changed his name when he grew
My older sister Mya healed me by the things she went through
Cousin Fred was kilt but his dream stays alive
I have a couple of cousins named Assata who taught me to survive
& my distant cousin Pac musta had nine lives
While Patrice struggled and died cause of our governmentís lies
Nelson was an elder that did time for loving me
Martin followed the steps of my wiser brother Gandhi
So many of my family died as strange fruit
While my red boned relatives were massacred by the troops
But we were separated from the root of the Earth
Cousin Alicia, thank you for reminding me of your worth
We use to take the medicines prescribed by Imhotep
But now our prescriptions are offered in front of our doorsteps
And in our streets and alley ways
Giving tangibles higher prays
We say Amen and even forgot who he was
If I didnít mention your name donít get mad at me cuz
Cause it is what it is and will be what it was
So as certain as the birds churp and the honey bees buzz
The past will circle and destroy our wicket ways
While our ancestors continue to fertilize the grounds in which we graze


08-09-2005, 02:47 PM

08-09-2005, 03:23 PM
Lol, That Was Good. Peace

08-09-2005, 05:28 PM
Ha Ha, I thought about it after I posted it.


Dae Ja Nae
08-09-2005, 09:00 PM
I thought this piece was awfully familiar to me ... lol ... anyway, what a wonderful way to express the pride that you have in your heritage, both historical and artistic. As always, your words are very moving and motivating. Keep that black fist up, and ...


08-11-2005, 07:03 PM
I loved the imagery in this piece, the depiction of the family tree linking all people of colour to the earth is beautiful. My people bury the whenua (afterbirth/placenta) of our children beneath trees to acknowledge ourselves, as a people of the land. Keep the ink flowing


08-12-2005, 02:21 AM
Its a particular type of verse (although i seemed to have read it before) but i just noticed how it reflects a past american black history. Not mentioned before. And you gave it the proper title. Nice verse