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Black Man
by Anthony Hall
Saturday, January 28, 2006
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Black Man

Where lies your destiny?
Which road leads out of the ghetto?

Your baby is crying
Your people are dying

Black Man

You laugh although you are hurting

Black Man

Where is your vaunted pride

O Black Man

Donít make me ashamed
Be more than your name

Black Man

You really ainít so cool

Black Man

What are your kids learning in school?

Black Man

Donít be the other manís tool

Black Man

Iím one tooÖ

Copyright ©2004 Anthony Hall

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Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 1/30/2006
A m a z i n g. Sad and frustrated as you must have been while
writing the poem -- angry? --, you kept it simple. Yherein lies its power. By choosing a few perfect words, you have
created a masterpiece that could move a heart of stone. Those that are not moved are robots! Write ON!! 'Pea' <3
Reviewed by Anna Marie Fritz (Reader) 1/29/2006
Yes, you are "one, too"...Anthony...and in God's eyes (as you know so well) we are all the same color at heart. This is a fine piece of poetry.
I see your son has now joined the Den. He is good...but then again, what can one expect? I popped into the Den after a long absence taken to publish a few books...but may return one of these days. Had fun visiting here.
Reviewed by Nordette Adams 1/28/2006
A passionate write, Anthony, that I'm sure will resonate with people concerned about some of our black men who've embraced corroded values. I like how you stated at the end that you are one too. This prevents the poem from being an "us-them" write, thick with condemnation, and reveals that the heart of the poet is with (in prayer/in the trenches) his fellow man in the struggle to overcome poverty of spirit and to rise to his rightful place of honor from which he honors the ancestors, his family, himself, and God.

As you may know, I already have a link to one of your other poems on my Kings and Kindreds page.. :-) ~~Nordette
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