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Black Poetry Post #22 - Haki Madhubuti

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“Let a race of men now rise and take control” – Theme for Week #4, April 22 thru April 29

DevotionReader Series: 30 Ways of Looking at Black Poetry

Comin Strong - Haki Madhubuti (Don L. Lee)

And where are the men Black and ready?
some say,
they’ve lost their way
beneath pig’s litter and fool’s gold.
others say,
they are hid under political deception
& three dollar bills returning in numbers
as colored traitors clothed in abundance

the real word is that the men have become
pregnant with spoiled food
& thoughts of false grandeur.
they drive boat cars,
smoke strange weeds,
destroy their noses with crippling dust,
manicure their nails
& talk wrong about their women.
some say,
it is best that these men stay lost.

the new men Black
do not measure themselves in
the way of the elusive streets
do not look toward the west as the test.
the new men Black with dust  & dirt
are clear thinkers and city learned
are not tied to garbage cans & whiskey breath.
these men take their sons seriously &
listen closely to their daughters.
they do not come as beggars or buyers
they are teachers and doers returning in
a force that’s unimaginable.

the new men Black are
tongue silent, hawkeyed and dangerous.
many who should know say
that these men do not play,
do not pass blank checks.
they say that these men cannot be

Haki Madhubuti, (Don L. Lee), Earthquakes and Sun Rise Missions, Third World Press, 1984, 1987 30 Days of Looking at Black Poetry -- Day:  One O Black and Unknown Bards   Two Listen Children    Three For the Record    Four Ballad of Birmingham  Five    Six The Idea of Ancestry   Seven I Want to Write   Eight A Grandfather Poem    Nine Sweet Sound   Ten My Brother is Homemade   Eleven Those Winter Sundays   Twelve SOS   Thirteen Resurrections    Fourteen Jessie Mitchell's Mother   Fifteen April Rain Song    Sixteen I've Got A Home in that Rock    Seventeen Earth Screaming   Eighteen Returning Spring   Nineteen Newark, for Now [68]   Twenty Dawn   Twenty-One Fir   Twenty-Two Comin Strong   Twenty-Three From a Black Feminists Conference Reflections on Margaret Walker: Poet   Twenty-Four My Africa   Twenty-Five Strong Men   Twenty-Six Today's News   Twenty-Seven My Guilt   Twenty-Eight Forward, Always Forward    Twenty-Nine The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa   Thirty What Harriet Said