Monday, November 10, 2008


these
these
these are the soles of Black folk.
the tirelessness of my kind of people.
the integrity of people like me.
provides me with so much joy, I am challenged as I attempt to find all the
right words.
yet there are none.
So, I bask
in the aftermath of his-story
becoming our own.
these
these
these are the soles of Black folk.

worn.
often just like our efforts.
from days of fighting for the cause.
miles and miles of walking to freedom without pause.
trial and error was once served as the precedent many
accepted.
But, not today!
My soles are now showing their importance.
glorified for the dilligence.
The work we've done is now our mouthpiece.
these
these
these are the soles of Black folk.
the souls of the freedom riders.
invades my pride today.
I carry their honor in my heart, each day.
today, I understand the very meaning of faith.
today, I understand the very meaning of hope.
today, I understand it better
from the conversations with my elders
and the God that helped them cope.
these
these
these are the soles of Black folk.
these soles have weathered the storm
and now
and now
we see the movement of our feet being proven.
thank you, Barack and Michelle Obama
for your HOPE and FAITH in America
for your dignity and respect
for your ability to promote unity in a country that has lost sight of the American Dream
Live
Laugh
Love
Hard.
these are the soles of Black folk.
the time is now.

8 comments:

Kai C. said...

i love this

CapCity said...

YAYYYY! U know I LOVE this piece!!

Mizrepresent said...

So beautifully said...yes!

Mr.Socialight said...

Thank you, Ladies.
Yea, Cap, I figured I'd try this out. Appreciate the heads up!
Be and Do Well.

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My Chicago Election Day Diary

Check me out.

And I am feeling that Will Smith, Summertime. Brings back old memories...

R. Fitzgerald said...

I truly enjoyed your contribution here today. I hope to see more of you.

poeticwax said...

This is awesome!!

MysTery said...

snappin, snappin, SNAPPIN! LOVE IT!!!! :)