“STRAIGHT NO CHASER”

As I walk into the saloon I head towards the bar where I can drown my thoughts that are of this day, for they have been swimming in my mind since I rose from my restless nights sleep. As I sit down to begin my spiral into my abyss, I pause…

Customer:

“WE” don’t serve the likes of your kind around here!

Bartender:

“Don’t mind him, his wife will be here shortly to retrieve him, what will you be having today sir?

Me:

“A shot of water!

Bartender:

LOL! It looks as if you need something stronger than that!

Me:

“You know, I think you are right!

Bartender:

“Well then, what will you be having today?

Me:

“I know this might sound a bit strange, but do you happen to have a Bible?

Bartender: (noticeably exited)

“I don’t have one in the bar, but I do have a couple in the car, do you want the “KJV” version, or the “NIV” version?

Me:

“The “KJV” version, thanks for asking.”

“Bartender:

“I’ll be right back, God is good!”

Me:

“Amen!”

DAME

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“DEATH AWAITS US ALL”

As we journey through this life, loss will be here to accompany us for the duration of our stay. There are many different forms of loss, but the loss that we are all in association with is the physical aspect of loss, which is death. From birth we are groomed for loss, we lose the comfort, the warmth, the security, and the nutritional value that the womb provides. Once the umbilical chord is severed, our journey towards independence after dependence begins. Our eyes wide open to the great unknown, the unfamiliarity of our new surroundings make us cry out loud in desperation, for we are now alone. At this infant stage of our development we are in a state of vulnerability, the state of being exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally. Instead of writing unconsciously for the next three minutes building up to the climax of my thoughts, I’ll get straight to the point! God had you when you were all alone, when you were most vulnerable, the only difference between the past and the present, is that we are now liable for the choices that we choose to make, for we are no longer infants, that insurance policy is no longer valid. We have insurance for our cars, our health, and our homes, but what many of us fail to realize is that those are considered short-term life policies. The insurance that I have the world knows not of, for I have a long-term spiritual life policy that only the the Lord can provide…….

DAME

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“HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM”

Another year has passed and my pain steadily rises, for my yearly tears are beginning to overwhelm the flood gates once again. I sit with words unspoken on your day, but my key strokes tell all, for spoken words cannot express the pain that I feel for you on this day. Mom I will never get accustomed to this yearly recurrence, for I miss you too much, and although your presence in my memories give me comfort, they can never replace you being here amongst the living. Mom your presence fills my being with a comfort that this world knows not of, so I shall never stray from my loving memories of you, for without them there is no us, so I shall continue to keep my mind clear, clean, and sober. Mom I truly did not know how much you meant to me until you were gone! They say that there is a finality that comes with death, and yes, there is a finality for those who have passed on, but for those of us left behind, our tears will continue to overwhelm the flood gates……..

I loved you yesterday.

I love you today.

I will love you tomorrow.

I will always love you mom.

DUKE

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PASSION- a strong and barely controllable emotion that reflects an intense desire to express oneself.

I would like to thank you all for taking this time out of your life to read my deep inner thoughts, for I know that you will never get this time back. I have tried many times in the past to share my thoughts verbally with others, but my passion ran them off. I have not yet learned to control its desire to be set free, for the need to express itself is strong, it is intense, it is unmoving, and it is determined, so I continue to write daily to try and satisfy its wanting, for it grows daily. There are many who cannot even begin to fathom what it feels like to have your inner thoughts trapped, imprisoned, and isolated, while waiting impatiently to be unleashed into the mind of another.

Thank you!

DAME

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“UNDERSTANDING OUR LOVE”

I am blessed to have someone in my life that truly loves me. In the beginning of our relationship I did not understand the power that we both held, for when you have the power to control ones ability to smile from joy, or cry from sadness, it is a heavy responsibility that should not be taken lightly. I know this from experience, for I have made my wife smile from joy, and I have also made her cry from sadness, but I have grown since. I have grown to understand that you “DO NOT” hurt the one that you love, you protect them from the pain that this life can issue. For my love to remain loyal I exercise my love daily for added strength, endurance, trust, and faithfulness, for I now understand our love……

DAME

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“GUILTY”

Before I write this piece I would like to say that I am not a racist, I am a realist, a person who accepts a situation as it is, and is prepared to deal with it accordingly. Instead of using violence, which is to be expected of me, I choose to fight my battles with my mind.

I was sitting up late last night thinking about a few close friends of mine and some of the conversations that we have shared throughout the years. During one of our conversations we talked about “OUR” struggles as American Black males that are trying to survive in a world that does not view us as equal. As I mulled over our conversation, I noticed that drugs, pills, alcohol, broken homes, and incarceration, was the common denominator. The outcome varied from person to person, depending on their socio-economic status, the social standing or class of an individual or group. It is often measured as a combination of education, income, and occupation. Strangely enough, the same tools that the powers that be intentionally keep from us, are the same tools that “WE” need to attain some form of justice. For those of you that have never been to a criminal proceeding, there are a few questions that the courts will ask “YOU” before making judgement concerning “YOUR” sentencing, questions that will help “THEM,” determine “YOUR” fate.

Judge:

“Do you have legal representation?”

Defendant:

“NO”

Judge:

“Are you employed at this time?”

Defendant:

“NO”

Judge:

“Can you pay restitution to the courts?”

Defendant:

“NO”

Judge:

“Are you currently furthering your education, or in a trade school?”

Defendant:

“NO”

Judge:

“How do you wish to plead today?”

Defendant:

“NOT GUILTY!”

Judge:

“LIFE!”

The powers that be know that most of “OUR” answers will be “NO,” so off to their private plantations “WE” go!

DAME

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“ARE YOU READY?”

I suddenly had a chill, the warmth inside of my mothers womb is nothing more than a distant memory, for I was forced out of the only home that I had ever known. My mother’s womb was my comfort zone, my own personal solitary confinement which kept me safe from the the outside world and the cold that exist within, until that day, that fateful day when I was pushed out by force into this cold world. My life began with a coldness that will keep me company for as long as I am of this world, fancy furs, healthy jackets, and a heatwave of epic proportions will not give me the warmth that will be needed to endure the cold front that was foretold, for it quickly approaches. There is still a way to stay warm during this climate change, for the Lord’s light has a warmth that this world knows not of, it is a comfortable sanctuary for those not of this cold, cold, world.

“Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold.”

Mathew 24:12

“ARE YOU READY FOR THE CLIMATE CHANGE?”

DAME

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“MY BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLY”

I am blessed to be a part of your life cycle, to be a part of your metamorphosis, to be a part of you. In reflection, the beginning of our relationship was nothing more than foreplay, me attempting to chase you down with my net, and you, entrancing me from the subtleness of your landing to the explosiveness of your takeoff, It was such a paralyzing sight to behold. There were times when I thought I would never catch you, for I stood frozen, entranced by your mating dance. I have longed for you ever since you were a caterpillar, and with a patience that defies man’s time itself, I now know that I am truly blessed to have witnessed your growth and development, in route to becoming…….

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.”

Colossians 3:12

DAME

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“OH-REALLY?”

I was up late watching the news the other night when this familiar commercial from my childhood came on…..

THEM:

“DONATE!” “Save the Great Blue Whale, they are a dying species.”

ME:

“OH-REALLY”

THEM:

“Yes!” “And for a tax deductible fee of only $60.00 a month you can adopt a Great Blue Whale, your adoption certificate with a photo and information about your Great Blue Whale will be included.”

ME:

“OH-REALLY”

THEM:

“YES!” “Adopt now while there is still time. You can save the Great Blue Whale, Just dial the number that you see on the screen and give us your pledge, all forms of payment will be accepted, enjoy your Great Blue Whale!

ME:

“DONATE!” “Save our children, they are a dying species.”

MAN:

“OH-REALLY”

ME:

“YES!” “Broken homes, no funding for education, depression, hopelessness, frustration, substance abuse, stress, anxiety, slowed academic/emotional development, instability, mental health issues, hunger, malnutrition, teen pregnancy, distrust, incarceration, and abandonment concerns. Help save our children while there is still time, pledge now, all forms of payment will be accepted.”

MAN:

“OH-REALLY”

ME:

“REALLY!”

“A righteous man knows the rights of the poor, a wicked man does not understand such knowledge.”

Proverbs 29:7

DAME

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“YOU DON’T BELONG HERE”

“Now they get benefits?”

“Go back across the border!”

“They are all gangbangers!”

“Here comes the guns and drugs!”

“Let them kill each other!”

HOW SOON “WE” FORGET……

“Now they get benefits?”

“Go back to Africa!”

“They are all gangbangers!”

“Here comes the guns and drugs!”

“Let them kill each other!”

Just because the snipers gun is not pointed at you, doesn’t mean that you are out of his range of sight! Never forget the rejection, the discouragement, the isolation, the misery, the hopelessness, and the ungodliness that “WE” have endured.

Have empathy for others!

DAME

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