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Art In Politics - "Anthem of the Black Poet" Art In Politics - "Anthem of the Black Poet"
by Mbizo Chirasha
2008-01-02 09:47:05
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the succulent breast of Mother Africa ooze with the
milk of black renaissance
the rich womb of Africa germinate seeds of black
consciousness.

the black blood bubble with identity of Africaness
the sweat of my brows flow with the revolutions from
slavery to independence

i am the black poet
i am the black poet
black valleys bloom with flowers of Nehandaness
african horizons shine with the rays of Nkurumahness
black streets coloured with rainbows of Mandelaness
black soil creamed with the wisdom of Mugabeness
black spears sharpened with the conscience of Bikoness

i am the black poet
i sing of black culture bleaching in oceans of Coca Cola
i sing of black culture fried in cauldrons of
Floridarization
i sing of black culture gambled in dark streets of
sunset hills
i sing of black culture burning in computer ages

i am the black poet
i sing of kings and their people
i sing of black kings and their people
i sing of the dead souls of black history
i sing of the rising spirits of black renaissance
i sing of the rising souls of black consciousness
i sing for the rising spirits of pan Africaness

i am the stone you left for the dead
i am the tree bark oozing with blood of age
i am the riverbed flowing with mucus of age

i am the affidavit of black empowerment that require
your stamp
i am the title deed of black emancipation that need
your signature
i am the memorandum of black reparations that need your
fingerprint
i am the certificate of black repatriation that need
your identity card.

i am the stone you left or the dead
i am the tree bark oozing with blood of age
i am the river bed flowing with mucus of age.

my mind is the drainage pipe pumping out acids of
mental suppression
my mind s a drainage pipe pumping out cyanides of
racial discrimination
my mind is a drainage pipe pumping nitrates of
economic dispossession.

i am the stone you left for the dead
i am the tree bark oozing with blood of age
i am the riverbed flowing with mucus of age

my gun is the rose of our freedom
my bullet is the nectar of our reconciliation
my bomb is the petal of our democracy
my gun is our 1980 celebrations
my bullet is our 1987 political revision.

i am the stone you left for the dead
i am the tree bark oozing with blood of age
i am the river bed flowing with mucus of age

is abortion a solution to overpopulation
is demolition a solution to pollution
is corruption a short cut to poverty reduction
is balkanization a shortcut to colonization
is condomization a shortcut to HIV mitigation

HIV/AIDS has become business
an import and export product like Coca Cola
in America and NOKIA in Berlin.
i am the stone you left for the dead
i am the tree bark oozing with blood of age
i am the river bed flowing with mucus of age.

Click here to download 'Art in Politics' theme PDF

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'Art in Politics' includes:

Poetry by Mbizo Chirasha & Alexander Mikhaylov
Artwork by Sarah Beetson, Steve Cartwright & Jan Sand
Articles and essays by Asa Butcher, Thanos Kalamidas, Emanuel L. Paparella & Rene Wadlow


   
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