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Between the No Knocks and Stand Your Ground Laws… 

people of color have become fair game;

but IT’S NOT A GAME!

hashtag Insert Name,

another Brother or Sister slain;

hashtag HIM, hashtag HER, it’s too many to name.

hashtag IT’S TOO MUCH! 

hashtag I CAN’T BREATHE!

hashtag HANDS UP! 

hashtag FIND OUR GIRLS!

hashtag SAY HER NAME!

hashtag BLACK BOYS DESERVE TO GROW UP TOO!

hashtag SAY HIS NAME!

The writings on the wall… 

hashtag BLACK LIVES MATTER!

Yet another Brother or Sister slain…

hashtag HIM, hashtag HER, hashtag Insert Name,

hashtag HIM, hashtag HER, it’s become mundane.
Between Jim Crow and COINTELPRO…

people of color have always been fair game;

yet IT’S NOT A GAME!

hashtag Insert Name,

hashtag REMEMBER HARRIET MOORE!

hashtag REMEMBER HARRY MOORE!

hashtag REMEMBER ADDIE MAE COLLINS!

hashtag REMEMBER CYNTHIA WESLEY!

hashtag REMEMBER CAROLE ROBERTSON!

hashtag REMEMBER CAROL DENISE MCNAIR!

hashtag REMEMBER EMMETT TILL!

hashtag…

another Mother, 

another Father, 

another Sister, 

another Brother slain;

hashtag HIM, hashtag HER, it’s too many to name.

They killed MARTIN,

They killed MEDGAR,

They killed MALCOLM,

hashtag HIM, hashtag HIM, hashtag THEM;

there goes the eyewitness news team, 

hashtag ANOTHER BLACK MALE SLAIN.

They killed FRED HAMPTON,

They killed ZAYD MALIK SHAKUR,

They killed CHRISTOPHER WALLACE,

They killed TUPAC SHAKUR,

hashtag HIM, hashtag HIM, hashtag THEM;

there goes another Black Voice slain,

hashtag HIM, hashtag HER, it’s become mundane.
Between Colonialism and The U.S. Correctional System…

people of color have always been fair game;

but IT’S NOT A GAME!

hashtag THE WAR ON DRUGS IS CHEMICAL WARFARE.

I guess all that is fair is foul and all that is foul is fair…

Why’d they impose The Rockefeller Drug Laws after they put the needle in our veins?

Why’d the Reagan Administration flood our neighborhoods with crack cocaine?

Why the land of the free wanna keep us in chains?

they shackled AFENI,

they shackled ASSATA,

they shackled ANGELA,

hashtag HER, hashtag HER, it’s too many to name.

hashtag FREE ANGELA, 

hashtag HANDS OFF ASSATA,

hashtag SAY HER NAME!

hashtag REMEMBER FREE HUEY,

hashtag REMEMBER H. RAP BROWN,

hashtag THE BROTHERS AND SISTERS OF THE MOVEMENT that are still locked in the slammer.

hashtag THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED, hashtag THIS AINT A MOVIE.

hashtag I AM ELAINE BROWN!

hashtag I AM FANIE LOU HAMER!

hashtag ALL THE POWER TO THE PEOPLE…

hashtag REMEMBER FREE THE SOLEDAD BROTHERS!

hashtag FREE MUMIA!

hashtag FREE MUTULU!

hashtag BRING OUR POLITICAL REFUGEES BACK!

hashtag STAY WOKE, we’re under attack.

hashtag THEY UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT TRIED TO WIPE US OUT WITH HEROIN AND CRACK.

hashtag WHY ARE ALL THE PRISONS FILLED WITH BROWNS AND BLACKS?

Why’d the Clinton Administration privatize the prisons then impose the Clinton Crime Bill?

How’d we go from the North American Free Trade Agreement to Omnibus Crime Bill?

Why do they cut school budgets and mandate money for prisons to be built?

Why do they fail to prosecute the police when people of color are killed?

How long are we going to pretend we don’t see the genocide supervised by every U.S. President from Nixon to Clinton?

In the land of the free… police get off scot-free when they blatantly murder people that look like me;

meanwhile, my Freedom Fighters are still caged in prisons.

Pay Attention:

hashtag SUNDIATA STILL AINT FREE!

hashtag HERMAN BELL STILL AINT FREE!

hashtag VERONZA BOWERS STILL AINT FREE!

hashtag HIM, hashtag HER, another Brother or Sister in chains.

hashtag HIM, hashtag HER, hashtag Insert Name.

hashtag FREEDOM NEVER RINGS IF YOUR BLACK IN AMERICA!

My heart is heavy, they bombed the levees 

after they couldn’t drown us with heroin and crack in America.

Freedom Never Rings… even the Liberty Bell dabbled with crack; 

aint that America.

hashtag THE SCALES OF JUSTICE ARE UNBALANCED IN AMERICA!

Make America Great Again they exclaim;

yet Lady Liberty wears shackles and chains.

hashtag REMEMBER THE STATUE OF LIBERTY’S REDDISH BROWN COLOR,

hashtag REMEMBER HER SHACKLES,

hashtag REMEMBER HER CHAINS.

hashtag HIM, hashtag HER, 

hashtag ALL THE PEOPLE OF COLOR THAT HAVE SHACKLED AND CHAINED.

hashtag LESS PRISONS MORE SCHOOLS,

hashtag STAY WOKE, THE AMERICAN DREAM AINT COOL.

Woop-woop! There goes the sound of the police,

another Brother or Sister fondled by the beast…

another Brother or Sister detained,

another Mother restrained,

another Father restrained,

another Sister restrained,

another Brother restrained.

hashtag HIM, hashtag HER, Insert Name.

hashtag HIM, hashtag HER, it’s become mundane.
@StevieStreets #hashtag #poem | Hashtag: #(insert name) parts I, II, and III

Johnnie Walker & Joog Joint Music

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​I bid farewell to my main man today..
there was so much joy, so much pain today.
I’m ​​quite certain, they had a blues festival in heaven today.
I’m quite certain, it’s gon’ be a Johnnie Walker & Joog Joint kind of day.

I bid farewell to my main man today…
I just wanna listen to the guitar chords from The Thrill Is Gone today;
yet, I’m quite certain, you wouldn’t have wanted it that way.
So like beads of moonshine, these big tears instantly went away.

I bid farewell to my main man today…
He was a traveling man yet he was called home the other day.
Although, I’ll still live on, the thrill is gone away from me today.
I think it’s gon’ be a Johnnie Walker & Joog Joint Music kind of day.

I had to bid farewell to my main man today…
I got that stop and listen blues in my veins today.
In the catacombs of my mind, I could hear all the things my main man used to say.
His words resonated like Little Walter on the harmonica as Muddy Waters sang today.

I could hear my main man singing,
“I love the life I live and I live the life I love” today.
It’s been a Johnnie Walker & Joog Joint Music kind of day.
I understood why they said there’s no good in goodbye today.
I had to bid farewell to my main man today.

I had to bid farewell to my main man today…
there was so much pain, so much joy today.
I’m quite certain, they had a blues festival in heaven today.
It’s been a Johnnie Walker & Joog Joint Music kind of day.

I had to bid farewell to my main man today…
Like a broken record, I just want this broken heart of mine to repeat The Thrill Is Gone today.
Yet, I know you wouldn’t have wanted it that way.
So like beads of moonshine, I need these big tears to quickly fade away.

Like beads of moonshine, I need these big tears to quickly fade away.
Like beads of moonshine, I need these big tears to quickly fade away.
Although, I’ll live on, the thrill is gone away from me today.
I had to bid farewell to my main man today.

@StevieStreets #ponderosa #poem | Johnnie Walker & Joog Joint Music (I Bid Farewell To My Main Man)

Let It Go

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Vibrate higher, let it go… 

Discipline yourself in the art of letting go; 

when you began to need less, 

you will begin to live a more abundant life. 
The wisdom of emptiness will teach you to let go of the ego, 

let go of people,

let go of the baggage, 

let go of the need to be right,

let go of everything that does not help fulfill your life.
You must master making room, if you want to experience more.

If you keep holding on to what feels good, 

there will be no room for greatness to arrive in your life. 
@StevieStreets #livingabundantly #poem | Let It Go

Seize the Day revisited

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Someday is not on the calendar… 

all we have is today.
Stop and smell the flowers… 

be fully present – each second – each minute – each hour, today;

if nothing else, learn to cherish the day.
Don’t worry about tomorrow, forget about yesterday;

money has no value… time is the golden nugget of the day.
Do more of what you love… 

learn to make every second count today.
PRACTICE THE POWER OF NOW, 

learn to appreciate the beauty of life…

think happy thoughts, practice mindfulness today, 

spread your wings, give the sky a kiss today,

laugh harder, love longer,

eat more fruits, 

eat more veggies, 

drink water,

smile more, 

and let your inner glow beam like a sunray today.
Do more of what you love, today…

don’t worry about tomorrow, forget about yesterday.

Tomorrow doesn’t exist and yesterday is like a wilted flower;

yet life is for the living and nothing blooms better than today.
Stop and smell the flowers…

learn to appreciate the beauty of life today;

by all means, gather ye rose-buds while ye may.
Gather ye rose-buds while ye may…

Gather ye rose-buds while ye may…

Gather ye rose-buds while ye may…
Do more of what you love…

don’t just merely exist today.

Stop and smell the flowers…

learn to live today.
Stop and smell the flowers…

in the garden of life ye must plant seeds of joy

and spread love

like butterfly kisses while ye may.
Stop and smell the flowers…

walk on sunshine,

and live golden

like children that believe in dandelion wishes while ye may.
Stop and smell the flowers…

and gather ye rose-buds while ye may;

lest ye forget the most important day,

lest ye forget the most important day,

lest ye forget the most important day of your life is today.
Oh Captain, my Captain:

The most important day of your life is today…

The most important day of your life is today…

The most important day of your life is today…
Hope is not a strategy…

therefore you must command the day.

In the garden of life, time is like a beautiful flower;

and beautiful flowers always wilt away.
Life is no bed of roses…

yet ye must wake up and smell the roses each day.

In the garden of life ye must make use time,

Oh Captain, my Captain,

don’t let it wilt away.
Oh Captain, my Captain;

ye must stop and smell the flowers,

ye must gather ye roses while ye may.
Each day is granted twenty four hours…

yet ye may spend them how ye may.

Oh Captain, my Captain;

ye may live like the Dead Poets Society,

if you dare to Seize the Day.
If you dare to Seize the Day…

If you dare to Seize the Day…

If you dare to Seize the Day…
@StevieStreets #carpediem| Seize the Day revisited

Cafe Terrace at Night

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She walks in beauty, like the night.
Radiant as the Cafe Terrace at Night.
Sweeter than the sound of mandolins on starry nights.
I need you to be my Girl with a Mandolin, the way you pull heartstrings.
Silence is golden; yet you make my heart sing.
You make me wanna speak the languages of love, 

like the songbirds sing.
Sweet Muse of mine, 

I need you to love me,

love me, love me, if only for one night.
You could be my star eyes,

let me get lost in the magic in your eyes tonight.
This Love Jones got me in a sentimental mood,

let me be your Brother to the night.
I want to ballroom dance on the sidewalk tonight;

let your hands fade into my hands,

I wanna feel your heartbeat next to mine tonight.
I’m in a Sentimental Mood;

Sweet Muse, put on your dancing shoes 

and meet me at the Cafe Terrace at Night.
@StevieStreets #inasentimentalmood #poem | Cafe Terrace at Night

Stay Weird, Be Golden

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Don’t try to fit in,

normal is an illusion;

stay weird, be golden.
Don’t try to fit,

when you were born to standout;

stay weird, be golden.
Don’t try to fit in,

be your plain ol’ nerdy self;

stay weird, be golden.
@StevieStreets #livingmylifelikeitsgolden #haiku | Stay Weird, Be Golden 

What is Poetry?

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Poetry is the art of making words beautiful,
It is using language the way a painter uses color.

@StevieStreets #nationalpoetrymonth #artofpoetry #writingprompt | WHAT IS POETRY?

To Shanequa Gay on Hashtag Practicing Blackness

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February 24, 2017

To: @shanequagay

RE: Hashtag Practicing Blackness

I’m waiting on your book Ms. Gay… you’re psychoanalytic purview draws attention to the emotional parameters that are often left on the drawing board. You dab the diasporic psyche of “colored” folks like never before, when you blackout with #practicingblackness. I adore your color language; the vividness, the boldness, the unforgettable hues, the willingness to color outside the lines is greatly appreciated.

#peaceloveandpositivevibes,

-Stevie | To Shanequa Gay on Hashtag Practicing Blackness

Naturally She’s Dope

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I’m a fan of black girl hips and full lips…
I got a thing for that ol’ black girl magic, I must admit.

I’m a sucka for melanated exoticness and kinky twists.

Ain’t nothin’ like a beautiful sista…
afrobloomin’,
melanin poppin’,
sweet naturalista.

This is dedicated to the natural hair movement;
keep doing what you’re doin’…
Oh how I adore how black girls rock…
Yes! BLACK GIRLS ROCK!

God bless whoever coined the phrase “Black Girls Rock!”
Shout out to Beverly Bond
and all the black women that applaud black women;
I’m lovin’ the bond.
Yes! Black Girls Rock!

I like ’em black and educated,
highly melanated…
black love matters,
you could love it or hate it.
I need a pretty brown that’ll slay with cornrows or locs.
I’m looking for a love that’s not afraid to rock bantu knots.
I’ll probably tie the knot with a beautiful soul crowned with a twist out.

She’s the crown jewel and my muse;
when I meet her, she’ll be natural and happy…
eyebrows on fleek,
pearly white teeth with the twist out.

I got a thing for twists, puffs, and all that stuff; don’t get it twisted.
Let’s be specific;
I got a love jones for chocolate skin tones…
naturally she’s dope,
word to my shea butter soap.

I see heaven in her eyes ’cause the world is not enough.
But where is she?
I’m looking for the woman with the FREE ANGELA tee…

Her heart is golden yet she’s a diamond in the rough;
sweetest thang I’ve ever known yet her shoe game’s tough.

We need to break the Willie Lynch chip…
and she’s a symbol of hope.
We need to kill the Negropean…
and her iconic curls are a symbol of hope.
When I need to know black is beautiful, it’s team natural that keeps me afloat.

Her natural hair journey is an expedition of self-love and self-appreciation…
I had to take a moment to spread love and express my appreciation.
Brown skin…
I’m glad to see you lovin’ the skin you’re in;
’cause naturally you’re dope.

Yeah, I’m a fan of black girl hips and full lips…
’cause naturally she’s dope.

@StevieStreets ebony essence | Naturally She’s Dope

Happy New Year Soul Star

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Each day is one of one;
may each sunrise awaken the brilliance within you. 🌞

May your thoughts illuminate enlightenment,
may wandering minds become fully present in the presence of you. 🌞

May you remember: You are golden…
don’t be afraid to let your inner glow shine bright;
the world needs your beautiful soul. 🌞

HAPPY NEW YEAR SOUL STAR…
may you be the light in someone’s darkest hour, this year;
may your smile become luz del sol. 🌞

@StevieStreets anew poem | Happy New Year Soul Star 🌞