WE ARE US

22 Jul

this may enhance your reading pleasure:

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All photos are courtesy of the Gordon Parks collection, please click here for the rest of the images: http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/16/a-different-approach-to-civil-rights-images/

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AS I LOOK BACK ON MY DAYS HERE, MY RECALL IS FADING AND THE PAGES ARE TATTERED.

MEMORIES OF PEOPLE I ONCE LOVED ARE MADE UP OF THIN CLOUDS AND STALE AIR, I LONG FOR RENEWAL.

MY GRIP IS NOW WEAK AND ME THINKS ALL RECALL WILL SOON DISSIPATE JUST LIKE THIN CLOUDS AND STALE AIR.

I WILL NOT SURVIVE WITHOUT MY MEMORIES.

HOW MUCH DO WE TRULY HAVE WHEN WE TAKE INVENTORY? LIVES OF COLLECTING THINGS AMOUNT TO NOTHING WHEN OLD AGE SURPRISES US IN MORNING MIRRORS.

WE FORGET TO LOOK UP.

I NOW KNOW THAT WE ARE HERE FOR A SKINNY MINUTE AND THEN IT’S SOME OTHER SOULS TURN. WHAT HAVE WE DONE WHEN IT’S TIME TO GO BACK HOME, AGAIN? DID WE LOVE ENOUGH? DID WE DANCE ALL NIGHT? DID WE TAKE A HAND? ARE WE FINISHED?

AS I LOOK BACK ON MY DAYS HERE, MY BEST YEARS SEEM BEHIND ME, BUT THOSE YEARS ARE FADING FAST AND THE PAGES ARE TATTERED.

WHAT WE HAVE TO DO IS FOCUS ON THE YEARS IN FRONT AND MAKE NEW MEMORIES AND SLOW DOWN, TAKE A HAND, DANCE ALL NIGHT. 

IT’S LATE IN THE EVENING FOR US AND SUNRISE IS NOT GUARANTEED.

A LOT OF HURT HAS MADE ME THIS PERSON  RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW, BUT I HAVE BEEN THROUGH THE SUN AND I MADE IT TO THE OTHER SIDE.

WE CAN STILL ENJOY MORNINGS AT THE BREAKFAST TABLE WITH FAMILY AROUND. WE ARE US AND WE HAVE SEEN THE WORST, WE HAVE ALL BEEN THROUGH THE SUN AND HERE WE STAND.

WHEN WE ALL GATHER BACK HOME IN THE UPPER ROOM, THIS WILL ALL HAVE BEEN WORTH IT. WE HEAL AND WE WILL GROW AND WE WILL GET READY TO DO IT AGAIN, WE ARE US.

FOR NOW, WE HAVE TO KEEP IN SIGHT THE HORIZON AND CLUTCH THE PIECES OF US HAS NOT BEEN LOST AND BROKEN.

WE HAVE ALL BEEN THROUGH THE SUN AND WE HAVE ALL SEEN THE OTHER SIDE. JUST KNOW THAT WE DO THIS TOGETHER. THIS PLACE IS A SCHOOL AND ATTENDANCE HAS TO BE TAKEN AND YOU MUST SPEAK UP WHEN YOUR NAME IS CALLED, READY OR OTHERWISE.

AS WE LOOK BACK ON OUR LIVES HERE OUR RECALL MAYBE FADING AND THE PAGES TATTERED, BUT HERE WE ARE AND WE ARE US.  

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10 Responses to “WE ARE US”

  1. innerstanding isness July 25, 2012 at 9:04 AM #

    Reblogged this on innerstanding isness.

  2. Estellelight July 27, 2012 at 2:52 PM #

    You express in words what I too have experience on my journey on planet earth. Thank you for heartfelt words.

    • hunglikejesus July 27, 2012 at 6:09 PM #

      Thank you Sista for stopping by and reading some of my work. Please feel free to stop by anytime and hang out with me.

      The words on this peace came after a very trying day and I was a little upset so I started writing and this is what came out.

      • Estelle August 7, 2012 at 7:21 PM #

        Brother Blacka please resend me the name of the piece you particularly wanted me to comment on. Thank you

        • hunglikejesus August 7, 2012 at 7:24 PM #

          Okay, well it’s so many, but the one I think I wanted your opinion on is Barbed Wire Rapist.

          Thank you so much Sista.

          • Estelle August 7, 2012 at 7:25 PM #

            thank you for the quick reply. Will return to give my response.

  3. moorbey August 9, 2012 at 8:48 PM #

    Reblogged this on Moorbey's Blog.

  4. honeytreebee March 18, 2013 at 5:48 PM #

    This is what we are for each other at our best this is how we remember who we are, were and will be again.

  5. No Black Pete August 29, 2013 at 1:42 PM #

    Great piece. School has been brutal, but here we are. “Take a hand, dance all night.” Stars under the stars.

    • hunglikejesus August 30, 2013 at 5:59 PM #

      Great complement coming from someone I respect so greatly. Thank you sis.

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