Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Men of Expression: Remember...

 Soo in this segment of Men of Expression we feature a writer who took the time to display his passion for quality living. Ed Bowman gives his version of poetic justice inviting his listeners to strap on their seat belts and take a ride with him down memory lane.

Remember…

Do ya’ll remember those days? Cause I can’t forget

But how do we get it back from where ever it went

What days am I talking about… let me help you remember

The days when “The Hood” was a neighborhood
And people cared for each other and helped one another

The days when… the kids played in the block from dust to dawn
But was in the house or on the porch when the street lights came on

Do ya’ll remember those days….. I figured you would

Remember when….our blocks had professionals……
 doctors, teachers, lawyers and cops,
                            but anchored on each end with black owned mom and pop shops.

Our people had pride, our blocks were communities
But now I question, what happen to the unity?

We could blame the youth
But it’s not all their youth’s fault
They’re still only kids, they do what their taught or lack there of
So who’s really at fault

But let’s not bring shame by placing blame
but get back to those days which have shaped our ways

If we want our communities back, before the end of this vicious journey
We must stop talking about it and go out and earn them

It has to start with the adults… we gotta bring back the unity
Reach out to our youth with knowledge and truth

Lead by example, show them what we mean
Don’t stop at being heard, you must also be seen

Learn the youth’s names and listen to what they’re saying
Cause they crying out for help, with the hand they were dealt

A dad that’s lock up a mom that’s strong out
and his “old head” telling them selling drugs is the only way out…..

  Neighbors who the situation, but they really don’t care
They see our youth on the corner and look through them like they not theirs

 Nobody paid attention to drugs they be coping
Or the pills they was popping
But when the young bols get to chopping
and the bodies get to dropping
NOW THEY GOT YOUR ATTENTION….
Because now they’re a problem


WITH THE WORDS IN THIS POEM I CHALLENGE YOU ALL
GET INVOLVED, AND THESE PROBLEMS WE CAN SOLVE







8 comments:

  1. Omg that was great!!!!! But i honestly truly believe ppl have given up!!!! Are elders are now afraid they have became numb to to non sense WHO WILL STAND UP AND NOT BE KILLED FOR IT??????

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  2. I remember those days but if they r going to come we as the older generation will have to step up n teach the younger generation the MEANING OF RESPECT FOR OTHERS,BUT MOST OF ALL RESPECT FOR THEMSELFS N THE VAULES OF A LIFE.

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  3. This piece reminds me of those days when it was ok for kids to be kids. When it was ok to play “Hide and SEEK”, “Hot peas and Butter” etc. The days when everything was about more than just fashion. If we are ever going to get back to those days it has to start with PARENTS (primarily fathers). I dream of the day when we can have safe loving unrban communties for our youth.

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  4. WOW those were the good old days!!!

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  5. Good piece of work presented here...we shall keep the movement going..

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  6. I like the way this is put together. The issues discussed is on point. As the saying goes it takes a village to raise a child. That villiage has been reduced to a single mother. We have to re create that village by getting involved.

    I ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE.

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    1. Wow, that's true. Real talk. Keep up the good work. Maybe one day the community and unity will become one again. Keep writing until we hear loud and clear. One love...

      Sheila
      Sista's friend

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  7. Janice Pompey Aka SisterDecember 5, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Lil cousin I always knew you were special! Now you have proven that God destined you to be great! Your poem hit home; it's a reminder of the times I miss! You challenge me to recreate those moments in our on families! Continue your purpose!!!

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