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  Remembering the Ancestors
by Aberjhani
Monday, January 16, 2006
Rated "G" by the Author.

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I believe that sharing creative visions that enhance the social, spiritual, and political qualities of life is a major part of the “Dream” that Martin Luther King, Jr., shared with the world. It is in that spirit that I present FAMILY REUNION: REMEMBERING THE ANCESTORS. It is also in that spirit that I invite readers to join “the romantic poet of the Internet” William F. DeVault, my hero genius of a producer Mark Rockeymoore, and myself in our podcast tribute to MLK at: http://www.cityoflegends.com/radio.html . The program is listed as:  “2006 01 14: Urban spoken word icon Aberjhani visits in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend(15:38).”

Honestly, I had no idea I was a “spoken word icon” until William said so. Wasn’t that kind of himJ? Joyful love, freedom, and prosperity to one and all. 

 

FAMILY REUNION: REMEMBERING THE ANCESTORS

 

In addition to my blackness I am

allow me to say, a maker of eons,

goldsmith of kingdoms worn like diamonds

upon the flashing fingers of eternity.

Allow me please to confess that upon my

midnight-colored ways have sat the robes

of nobility, sublime and just and sacred;

the crown of genius has molded my brow

and the throne of destiny cradled my days

for unto my soul all things have spoken

and to my song all souls have danced.

Kings and thieves, poets and whores––

these and more from my garden have sprung,

for mine is an orchard, wherein each moment,

possibility creates anew, beauty and shame like––

a totality equal and divine before the law of itself.

 

In addition to my blackness I walk sometimes

where God weaves existence into creation,

where reality and I speak each other

into the pages of a truth unbound by this world.

 

Aberjhani

(from I Made My Boy Out of Poetry)

 
 
 
 


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Reviewed by Michael Jones 3/8/2010
Long time my brother but this wondrous work flows like an ocean to the heart and just a beautiful as the Pacific Ocean. The universe as you know well is still at your disposal. Peace!!!
Reviewed by Seth Mullins (Reader) 2/6/2006
A hero is one who redefines for us what is possible. Though I stand humbled now, still I will offer my praise to the two heroes of this poem - its subject, and its author.
Reviewed by Muhammad Al Mahdi 1/30/2006
"I'M FROM THE LAND OF MAJESTY --- THE UNIVERSE CANNOT LIMIT ME." Your poem reflects this old maxim of tasawuf. A work rich in power and beauty.

Peace,
Mahdi
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 1/29/2006
I n c r e d i b l e ! What a soaring imagination you have, Aberjhani. Combine it with wisdom born of hard experience and a sharp eye and an ear for rhythm {among a myriad of other gifts}, and magic happens. Again and again ! Come out and take another bow. Everyone is standing!! Gratefully, 'Pea' <3
Reviewed by Sandra Mushi 1/29/2006
Beautiful profound tribute, Aberjhani - full of wisdom! The verses speak volumes! Powerful voice you have my brother!

Good bless,

sandie.
Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen 1/29/2006
Last verse is living Beauty, Aberjhani. The legacy of human consciousness is a marvelous thing that far too few properly honor. A superb write. Much enjoyed.
Peace and Blessings,
Carolyn
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 1/28/2006
Sublimely poetic and meaningful, Aberjhani. Thank you for sharing your gifts so generously. Love and peace to you,

Regis
Reviewed by Maria Lupinacci 1/22/2006
Aberjhani,

You know how I feel about "I Made My Boy Out of Poetry"! You humble me on many levels, your voice and vision are a force to be reckoned with, that is fact! I have told you many times...you are a GIFT to anyone who is blessed enough to come across your work, as well as your presence!

I am way behind on my postings, so I haven't been to all of your pages to catch up, but know that I send you the Highest Congratulations and Blessings on your recent publishing credits and all that are yet to come!
Reviewed by Robin Ouzman Hislop 1/22/2006
powerfully written saludos
Reviewed by jude forese 1/18/2006
where God weaves existence into creation,
where reality and I speak each other
into the pages of a truth unbound by this world.

awesome lines ...

Reviewed by Only A Poet 1/17/2006
deeply touching and wise. a masterful poem. an honorable tribute.
Reviewed by Mark Rockeymoore 1/17/2006
i can hear this. record it, and send me the file. lol another in your collection of gems, i expressly like the blend of macro and microcosmic, truly showing that as above, so below.
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 1/17/2006
... And verily, verily it is so, Aberjhani. What words could either add to or comment on that which you have so graphically and explicitly cited yourself. You must be "spoken word icon" because you are the words spoken about and that exist both on the page and in human form, manifesting in your own life and times. The concepts behind: "mine is an orchard, wherein each moment, possiblity creates anew, beauty and shame like - a totality equal and divine before the law of itself" - do my head in! :)) All possiblity and all life is here. TY Kate xx
Reviewed by J M 1/17/2006
This is beautiful and powerful dream forever dream carry out those walks of light. Beautiful penmanship.
Reviewed by J. Allen Wilson 1/16/2006
Outstanding poetry Aberjhani...vision never dies
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 1/16/2006
Absolutely beautiful!
Love and peace to you

Carole
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 1/16/2006
This is such a wonderful tribute to who we are through the progressive links in the chain of our ancestry. We are each all that we wish to be in our heart of hearts and none should feel compelled to fail because those before us found a necessary limit in their climb toward excellence. Generations are like rungs on a ladder; the promise of greater understanding and clearer vision resides on each progressively higher rung. May our children exceed us in every wonderful way and shall we honor them through our generosity of spirit and never feel that we have been left behind or forgotten as they soar on to higher planes to realize their dreams. This is a touching poem that reaches deep into the spirit of the reader and causes us to recall that we are who we are today, because of all that came before. This is an outstanding write, Aberjhani.
Take care,
Sherry
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 1/16/2006
Excellent tribute!!

Yip and I liked your "readings" by you and Mark on William's show!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 1/16/2006
enjoyed the read
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 1/16/2006
BLESSED ARE THOSE THAT HONOR THEIR ANCESTORS,
FOR THEY WILL NEVER LOSE THEIR IDENTITY.

"Remembering the Ancestors" paid its dues to Poetry - honoring the Major Art, - and enriching the readers minds.

Gratefully,


Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Paul Williams 1/16/2006
An outstandingly powerful tribute to an equally outstanding human being and inspirational man.

Paul;-)
Reviewed by Dee C. 1/16/2006
Beautiful tribute...thank you for sharing!!!
D:)
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 1/16/2006
Man, there is so darn much within these few verses that it boggles the mind. A better tribute could not have been done than "Remembering the Ancestors." You wore many robes and many roles to arrive at the station you now hold, and you wear all that history quite well, thank you.
Reviewed by Betty Torain 1/16/2006
Thanks for a BEAUTIFUL TRIBUTE. I can hear and understand each stanza. I wish I could put on paper what I really feel, Thanks for sharing. Love to you Betty Torain
Reviewed by Joseph* OneLight*® 1/16/2006
An awesome tribute to The Man!

Love & Light,
Joseph
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 1/16/2006
Aberjhani,

Spectacularly breathtaking...you honor your ancestors and create new memories that will be remembered for aeons to come. Thank you, my friend, it is truly a blessing to read your work.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by alejapoet@aol.com Bennett 1/16/2006
Praise be to out God for your writing which god has blessed you with so perfectly. This is an awesome form of expression from the heart and may God continue to keep and bless your mind.
Reviewed by George Carroll 1/16/2006
The last stanza tops off a marvelous poem of self worth.
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 1/16/2006
to remember one's ancestor is to know your connection to life. Great write!
Reviewed by E T Waldron 1/16/2006
Simply sublime!You are truly blessed,and I'm glad you know it!

Eileen

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The River of Winged Dreams (Hardcover Gift Edition)

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The American Poet Who Went Home Again

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