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Culture, healing, politics and bullshit - Not necessarily in that order

The general, socio-political and very personal rantings and ravings of a hip hop head from the hood hustling for change... Of himself.

You all know me and are aware that I am unable to remain silent. At times to be silent is to lie. For silence can be interpreted as acquiescence.
—Miguel de Unamuno


Tuesday, November 15, 2005


One day I saw her from a distance

Just a glance... We made eye contact and I knew her name.

But I was afraid to let that word part from my lips, for me to say it is ritual and calling her name meant I had fallen.

I lose time in thinking of her touch.

Breathing becomes staccato when thoughs are a
bout her.

I've only seen her once, but I thought about our grandchildren, the peace in their faces settles my soul.

Life with my soulmate was a fleeting thought, racing not to miss a train in the subway.

I can't pass through this realm to the next knowing that in a split second my life was complete with her without speaki
ng it into existence.

Whoever she was.

I should have said something.
Copyright 2005 Hassan Ntimbanjayo - Yeah, I said it!!!

Sometimes you know things about people. Good things. Bad things too. Most of the time, you exist in a good realm with these people. But one day you say something that can change the scope of your relationship with that person if your statement goes misunderstood. That happened to me yesterday. Be clear on one thing, when you put words out in the universe, they continue to travel forever and are usually manifested in some way, shape or form. Even if not by you or your subject.

Words have the power of life and death...

Have you ever said something to or about a loved one that changed the way they looked at you?

Do you wish you could take the words back?

Did it make you feel like you were less of a person after you said it or like someone unable to understand other people's feelings, or that sometimes you just talk too damn much and get careless?

Did you apologize or did you stick by your statement?


Rose said...

That was so sweet and so cute, yet so darn funny.....

Didi Roby said...

Well Well know a poet lives n u...great:)

Now what does the other part say/mean? The same thing?


Did I miss something?:)

toneec42 said...

I know words have power. ”The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” (Proverbs 18:21) That’s why I try to be very careful before I speak. I have a tendency to be blunt and direct. I also know how to use words to cut and lift up, so I practice active pausing before I speak. All things, once spoken, can never be recalled no matter how contrite you may be.

The Brown Blogger said...

The piece was inspired by someone I met. Wrote that a while ago.

The statement was about something I said the other day that caused an unexpected reaction.

They relate because they have to do with the same person.


nikki said...

what i find amazing about your poetry is your ability to put so much into so little. i am so glad i found your blog! for once, i am smiling from ear to ear reading someone else's poetry instead of just cringing as i read mine. LOL

i'll be taking notes off of your technique, just so you know.