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The Book of Melanin


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DEDICATION For us, forever & always.

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YAB If you are born of color, And you Identify as black, And are of black descent, You. Are. Black.

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TRUTH Develop a love for truth Especially hard truth There is innate beauty In the things we cannot control, The things we cannot hide from, The things we cannot influence, Do not hide from them But know them And love them Build a relationship with truth. Only then can you start to change what is true.

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SOLITARIUM Patient #25068: In light of your recent misbehavior The Management has decided to place you in the SOLITARIUM. You will remain there indefinitely until The Management believes you capable of re-establishing human contact. Until then, best wishes, —The Management There are four walls and no exits exist Patient 25068 sits and waits "What is this place? My God, what is this place?" Only his echoe reverberates The game Management plays is not zero sum someone zeroes in on Patient's conundrum But no friend can be found within the secret lense No helpful advice, or escapist connect Patient was always impatient But he would not confess Has it been hours or days of this social neglect? Patient lies to himself that he feels no sensation He tells himself there is no deprivation Deafening mistruths deprecating communication Singular Pillar instilled in his mind Might hopefully convince that there is no time That nothing experienced is done in straight lines But rather intertwined in a laced paradigm By week number eight, Patient's gotten no break Only visitors received are the plates when he wakes And he eats, and he sleeps, and he rinse and repeats Until the idea of eight weeks weakens Patient's face And gloom rolls all over his cheeks and his lips And he tries to remember if he wanted a wife or some kids But he can't remember if it's future or past


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If it definitely happened or perhaps only perhaps? Eight weeks turns itself into eighteen It can fight the good fight but can't legally drink With every passing day the four walls slowly shrink Until Patient asks patience if his sentence has peaked If he's halfway through If he can get back on his feet Or is too late? Is he in too deep? *For Kaliefs, both known and unknown

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MIA How much of my life has been caught on a security camera? Forget the videos I’ve taken Or pictures taken of me Just for a secondisolate The eye of security I barely know when I stumble in front of a lense Utter disgust as the shutter busts And captures me Casting aperture nets As wide as the sea Taking a tiny byte of my right To wander unseen


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The book of melanin (vol.1)  

The Book of Melanin is a short collection of poetry about the African and African American struggle. It feautures quotes from notable figure...

The book of melanin (vol.1)  

The Book of Melanin is a short collection of poetry about the African and African American struggle. It feautures quotes from notable figure...

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