“How Much More….. Before”
How much longer must we conform and settle
Before things really transform into change for the better
How much more time will we allow to become past
Before we stand firm and overcome our struggle at last
How much more shall we accept as their mistakes
Before we are forced to rise up and partake
In the say so of our own freedom plight
And begin to recognize that this is our people’s fight
How many more times will our heads subserviently bow in fear
Before we allow the spirit of our ancestors 1863 liberated minds to reappear
How many times must the blatancy of the “N” word be applied
Before we become so damn sick of being sick and tired
How much more shall we flex, extend and backward bend
Before we attempt the conception of inception to ascend
To a freed people’s mindset and a children of God’s reign
And once and for all sever our own shackles and chains
How many more times shall we arrogantly ignore our hopeless, lost and poor
Before we truly understand that there is only one way into Heaven’s holy door
How many eons of eye-wool must be sheared, spun and spooled
Before we realize that we are being pawned as the bound, blinded and fooled
How many more moments upon moments must come to pass and deem themselves expired
Before we envision ourselves as “created in His image” and become majestically inspired
To stand extraordinarily aspired to conquer gained freedom
As His Will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven’s Kingdom
How many more acquitted stolen lives of our young brothers like that of Trayvon Martin’s
Before we cease trading our freeman card for insurance of the white man’s pardon
How many more suspects shall be encircled into the cycle of Mass Incarceration
Before we stand up and recognize that this is the fight of our generation
How many more standardized tests must be assessed to study our children’s isms
Before we realize they are being premeasured to fit into future prison systems
Tailor made, 10X10 dimensions of cemented walls with metal bars
Encased on modern-day-plantations and guaranteed to promote dehumanizing scars
How much more, before?
When should we stand against this crooked system of injustice?
After it finishes it’s hoaxing,
By boasting “In God We Trust”?
It’s material coaxing,
By toasting the bread crumbs it throws at us
Tell me, when should we stand and shout “We Want Out!”?
After the majority is completely enslaved,
Injustice is engraved,
And the marginalized are all branded and stamped
Help me understand, when should we become consciously aware?
After we are ambushed and lured,
Into their unjust snare?
Society’s blindfold has been secured,
And we can no longer recognize the signs of Danger and Beware
Let’s see, when should we stand and exercise our right to vote?
After the Supreme Court strips our protection,
Of our “One Man, One Vote” hope?
We’ve accepted exception,
And our right to “Freedom and Justice for All” is revoked
When will we set our eyes upon our Father’s business
By surrendering our souls
And standing as His witnesses
Will it be after He returns again;
When every tongue confesses
And every knee shall bend
Wait there would be no more After…
Only the End….
And After would be too late, then….
My brothers and sisters, NOW is all we have!
Peace and Many Blessings,