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Genuine Alley Poetry and Prose / Re: Consternation
« Last post by A-FRIEND on July 24, 2014, 05:01 PM »
I'm a nonconformist. That does not mean I have no direction. I agree with you on how frustrating it is for others to expect you to be a branch on their tree instead of being a separate entity that branches out on your own. 

I do acknowledge there are certain norms, collectives, and proprieties we adhere to in a civilized society in order to prevent chaos, but our personal identities should not be the dictates of others.

You make a good point BCR.
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A-Friends Cafe / Re: Black History
« Last post by A-FRIEND on July 24, 2014, 01:01 PM »
With regard to post #1936, did you see the common thread? In each case there were trumped up charges against a single black man that got played up in the local news papers and spread through the white community as an indictment of all black people.

Did anyone of you see where there was an accounting for the white folks that rioted and murdered multiple black people multiple times?
Did anyone see where it was black people that started any one of these riots?
Did anyone notice, even in the rare reports that correctly placed the blame on the white criminals, a call to bring those criminals to justice?

How does that manifest itself in our day?
I don't suggest you guys look at the comment section just for entertainment. I do so in order for you to see the trappings of how the cultural conditioning of racist America works. I have pointed out many times how the comment section of any article involving black people no matter the topic, is full of racist undervaluing, under estimating, and marginalizing of black people. The exact same mind set of those rioters that felt justified in their murderous actions.
I have also pointed out the major source of this mindset, much to the chagrin of some, and have issued a challenge to anyone to prove me wrong. I'm not one who is shy about calling evil things, evil.

Connect another dot. Look at the source for all this racist hate against Obama. Just follow all the attacks against him, the names, the labels, the images of him and his family and it falls right in the lap of the most evil right wing associated organizations I've witnessed in my life time, with the tea party leading the way.
Nope, don't take my word for it about how they use the exact same mindset as those racist criminals from all eras. Just do your own research and when anyone gets the confidence they can prove me wrong, just jump right in.
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Genuine Alley Poetry and Prose / Consternation
« Last post by black_cross_rising on July 23, 2014, 06:34 AM »
It's funny how the principles of conformity
are defined by simple rules,
yet demand complex methods of execution.
I think the greatest challenge here is
the present knowledge that we dislike conformity,
but there rests the underlying desire to belong
not for the sake of belonging,
but the satisfaction of knowing that
we can belong, be it of our own devices or not.

And so it goes, or so it seems, that
in order for you to become a functional member of society,
you must know how to belong.
For you to be considered 'normal',
you must submit to the requisites of
an established form of system that has waded through generations
unmolested, undisputed, unquestioned.
Otherwise, you are a pariah,
an enigma that serves no purpose in the machine.
It's as if you're supposed to have this innate sense of
synergy and harmony, to possess that knowledge that
you are but one of the many manufactured gears that
churn to operate the engine of acceptability.
Everybody expects this from you,
demands this from you,
like a debt that's about to go bad any second now.

It's confusing, it's irritating.

It's depressing.
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Haiku, Limerick, Zen, Mookuka And Other Fun Poetry / Re: Haiku Of The Day
« Last post by Mystic1 on July 22, 2014, 08:59 PM »
effortless
the gum tree leaves turn -
crescent moon
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Haiku, Limerick, Zen, Mookuka And Other Fun Poetry / Re: Haiku Of The Day
« Last post by Mystic1 on July 22, 2014, 08:58 PM »
July twilight...
memory deepens to blue
waiting for the moon
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Genuine Alley Poetry and Prose / Moth
« Last post by black_cross_rising on July 22, 2014, 05:31 AM »
Like a moth braving the storm
Frail wings battered by winds and rain
The green expanse seems infinite
For what gain do you throw your life away?

Every drop smashing against you
Like a maul wielded by the gods
The winds blow from the North like a razor
Feel the chills snake down your spine

For what gain do you throw your life away?
Do you honestly believe this meadow has an end?
What salvation lies beyond the mist?
For what gain do you throw your life away?

I do not understand, no, I cannot comprehend
Why you willingly oblige to this maelstrom
Is there a sweetness in the falling rain?
For I only hear the baying and the thunder

For what gain do you throw your life away?
For what measure of relief is it worth?
In your mindless pursuit of eternal life
You've forgotten what it means to live
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A-Friends Cafe / Re: Black History
« Last post by A-FRIEND on July 17, 2014, 04:29 PM »
Anybody see the common thread all through that last post? Can anyone demonstrate how that common thread is used in our day?

While you think about that (and I'll get to it later) check this out. You want to see just how white privilege works? Read the comment section.

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140715/downtown/man-spits-on-judge-slaps-her-calls-her-rosa-parks-police-say
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Genuine Alley Poetry and Prose / Copasetic
« Last post by Wordweaver on July 17, 2014, 12:51 PM »

Copasetic

I saw grandpa break a mule by not feeding
it for three days.  After that when called upon
to work that mule harnessed himself.
That taught me patience and how not to
enable stubborniss without breaking the
spirit.

Grandpa was self described as being a
Clug Fart;
short,  thick,  and plenty stout. 
He had the first back pack I can remember
by using a leather sling to pack a 500
pound load up a narrow stairscase.

He said the only way to substantiate selfishness
was to own the pot you piss in and the window
you throw it out of.
On rudeness he would say, if someone blows a
whistle in your ear and you don't stop it then
don't scream when it comes out the other side.

His theory on comportment was,  never go
any place you would not want to be seen dead.
On dating he would say, if you are  going to
chum for fish be sure they fit  your frying pan. 
Or my all time favorite about being greedy,
What breed of hog are you boy. 

When grandpa died 3 days after being hit
by a bus the doctor said he could have lived
ten more years beyond his 100.  But grandpa
was all about style and leaving life when he
was still able to live on his own. If asked about
this he would respond with the same answer he
always gave when asked how he was doing, 
Copasetic.

For you grandpa

Life is like an arrow that floats upon the wind
it always points toward you whenever it begins
life is like the sunrise peaking upon the noon
then drifts into the sunset ending way too soon
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Genuine Alley Poetry and Prose / Re: Your Company To Keep
« Last post by Wordweaver on July 17, 2014, 12:32 PM »
Elise, your horizons have expanded, I like it a lot.
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