Poetry:African Man


Being black isn’t what is on the outside,
Its the color of the heart you keep hidden on in the inside.
We’re black by mind not by skin,
How else do you explain a man feeling threatened…..
By the success of his own kin.
Sleep in beds of hypocrisy in the comfort of pillows of self righteousness,
And in the daytime call a name we do not know,
Offer lights we don’t show.
Experts at the blame game,
The causes of our problems never run out of names.
We twist and turn to preserve our collective image,
And when the coast is clear..
Attack ourselves like savages.
African man who do you think you’re fooling?

To those of us who choose to be unique,
To think beyond the boundary of skin,
You treat as outsiders,
For not following your trend of retarded thinking.
Choosing to live outside a box..
Is treated as treachery to culture.
In an ever moving world …
You’ve made a way of life out of moving backwards.
African man when last did you use your eyes, when would you finally realize?
Your good luck became your dying cross,
Mother nature smiled our way…
And her comfort never taught us how to think for one day…
I guess it true what they say about teaching a man to fish,
We were a people blessed with everything,
So we took it as a signal to never learn to create anything.

Stereotypes are the building blocks to our society,
African man has a crime out of individuality,
And he wonders why he lives in poverty.
Our society creates clones,
And masks it with labels like “group identity”.
We have made nightmares out of thinking afresh,
Our “elites” are the quickest to follow the white man’s trends.
Obsessed with results we forget there’s a process,
While the white man strives to climb the corporate ladder… Our black man searches for spiritual powers.
The white man searches for technological advancement…. Our black man searches for spiritual enhancement.
The key to success lies in the library… Instead you go the path of robbery
African man where are you heading?

To those who defy the odds and decide to give back to the community,
African man ignores the good and chooses to choke on envy.
Too shortsighted to envision a world beyond the one you live in,
So every success story seems to be fishy.
The ones leading don’t know where we are going to,
The ones being led would rather complain for 4 years…
Than to try something new.
Is it an exaggeration to say we are doomed?

We live in a society where half of it hates itself.
You could say we all have the same problem,
Because we all feel its the fault of someone else.
African man when would you take responsibility?
When would you finally change your mentality?

By : David Crownwell.

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