Mustafa Marconi

Rookie - 92 Points (23 Nov.,1961 / New York, New York)

Virtual Billboards - Poem by Mustafa Marconi

I slapped a nigger in the face last night
Slapped him so hard he cried out to God
A thunderous blow that brought him vulnerably to his knees
Producing an avalanche of laughter
From the passersby he so vigorously attempted to please
With overconfidence and showmanship
…Time stood still for a moment
I saw Malcolm and Martin addressing the masses
Every sentence completed with, “ ya know what I’m saying, niggas”
Pants hanging off their asses, tattoos covering their torsos
Their beautiful smiles replaced by scowls
The scowls of cowards trying earnestly to act hard
The love in their hearts replaced by an unquenchable appetite for money
Their message watered down and diluted
Prisoners of social and political correctness
Their eyes void of light, void of fire
Having succumbed to greed, temptations, and dreams of celebrity
….As the laughter fades, I zero in
My anger fueled by this twisted vision
A mass of misguided servants standing before me
Walking, talking, virtual billboards
Advertising a colonized slave culture
A hip-hop generation of followers and pretenders
Consuming just to consume
Insulting my senses and embarrassing our legacy
…He ponders his decision
Continue on his path and face the wrath
Or attempt to save face
Wisely, he retreats
His arms too heavy, his legs too wobbly
And his psyche to fragile
To do battle with a son of God
His reckless attempt to intimidate and bluff
Resulting in an impromptu public plead for mercy and compassion
Time stood still for just a moment
As the lost and sheared sheep of African heritage
Continue to drift further and further away

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, December 24, 2009

Poem Edited: Monday, December 28, 2009

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