Rhetoric In Earth Tones by DD Wright

Counting years of history,
emasculating men &
raping the Queens,
has lead down a
slippery slope saturated
with sadomasochistic
songs,

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they blast all day long
even if we no longer hear them.
Slavery instituted for the sake
of currency,
taking children away
from their families &
still, most of believe we are free
yet the documents created to
oppress ancestry,
speak truth about the legacy
& we say, it is fictional & fallacies.
Lynching was not a term
created for no reason
despite the fact that we
have survived seasons.
Take a good look around.
Not knocking weaves but
why is our natural hair not
associated with beauty?
Or at least, not defined the same?
Why are so many coco brown
women single mothers or
we have to endure broke, broken
or defeated brothers
to reflect
what was broken out of neglect
before we arrived?
Ever stare at President Obama &
the First Lady &
think of how beautiful that is?
Ever look at a couple in black art
until your soul falls apart &
realize, how impossible that may
be for you to have in reality?
Ever wonder for one moment,
what it would be like to
live with a history of
freedom, equality &
an entire family?
The Huxtables made people
believe,
The Obamas, a cultural victory.
However, statistically,
is that the norm for our eyes
to see?
Where are our Baracks & Theodores?
When we will we learn to not only adore
ourselves but each other?
Unlearn all of those signals
that make us hate each other
& ourselves?
Or did the document end correctly?
Do we have 2 more centuries
before we can breathe? – DD Wright. (ART WORK NOT MINE)

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The Girl In The Box by DD Wright

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(Photo not mine.)
She was uncertain of her sanity.
Too many had served her chocolate cake &
smiled with her
before turning around
using it to make make up
for her face.
It was not just one
who blamed her whenever
she made a request or
wanted love,
that love that makes everything
alright,
she became addicted to the idea &
hearing
NO.
She fought hard to survive anguish &
on many occasions,
saved face by giving to others
what she so desperately needed.
The pit grew deeper.
The box grew steeper &
those who took,
became shadows at night.

She was uncertain of her worth.
Never believing she deserved
what she wanted to receive.
Never wanting to believe
what the others believed
about her
but the voice, confirmed by
those who claimed to love her,
never faltered,
yet became increasingly
more audible.
The echoes from within
became monsters &
she was determined to defeat them,
if only with her pen.
She had to win,
for the rest of them,
afflicted with this condition,
which remains without cure.

She was uncertain that anyone
would add to her ability to multiply,
only concerned with division
of her from her provisions,
subtracting in her dreams,
she wanted to scream,
“What is wrong with me?”
yet to afraid to even whisper.
Her mouth and mind has been
popped like Pavlov’s dogs,
far too many times to add to an equation.
She remained silent
without a soul to welcome her poetry.  Her below zero integers
infinitely growing
in the box.

She was not depressed
but oppressed,
died before she could repress
all that she was uncertain of.
Her beauty, only witnessed in
hindsight.
Now she is embraced by the light
of eternity.
May the girl in the box
finally rest in peace.  – DD Wright

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After Hours

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**Special edition**
Please feel free to call in and share your seductive yet sophisticated poetry. All writers welcome. “After Hours “will be an opportunity for random poets to slam or read poetry written by them which personifies passion!
Please feel free to repost!  This is going to be an amazing show. We do hope to hear your voice, or at the very least, be entertained by those with a gift!

Thank You Sincere Souls

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Thank you, sincerely, to all of those who tuned in to Poetic Soul Talk Show last night. “Female-ism” was an amazing show. As always the energy and inspiration continues to grow. For that we are grateful. Hopefully you enjoyed the show and will be tuning in for a special edition of Poetic Soul this Monday at 10 pm EST (details to follow).
If you missed it, you can check it out by clicking on the link above them viewing the archived folder. Many artists have expressed their hope in the show remaining on air. Every small donate counts. Please visit our humble Auction to bid on small items or donate through PayPal via ddpoetry. 
  Until we meet, speak or have the pleasure of conversing, be well.

Where Are Those Who Love Spoken Word?

   Poetry, like prayer, has been around for centuries. It has uplifted people, inspired them and fortified their spirits. Yet, too often, does not receive due credit, rarely makes a best seller list & more frequently, is not supported.
  Thankful for social networks & self publishing companies, more poets are able to showcase their work! I am mighty proud, I have been able to invest in myself, while creating communities of individuals who believe in poetry.
  While reading, “Everything You Need To Know About Self-Publishing”, before I decided to publish my first book of poetry, “Poetry 2Life: Youth. Struggle. Love.”, I learned that poetry was the least sold genre. I wasn’t surprised. If I had listened to my accountant & perhaps the author, I probably wouldn’t have bothered to invest. I simply had to try.
  It is not the profit (or projected lack thereof), that bothered me. I give away so much more than I charge for. I do not expect awards or accolades. I am just a true lover of words, figurative language & the feeling that poetry gives me.
  This weekend, there will be a Poetry 2Life Open Mic produced by YellowTapeInc at Epiphany’s in Harlem. It is not solely about the copies of “Poetry 2Life”, that I will have available nor the 2014 inspirational calendars that will also be available for purchase.       It is about the new poets, first time to the stage artists that will be performing their pieces, bringing them to life! It is about the ambience of the crowd, a large room (with a bar & a band), filled with people who feel similarly to the way that I do. It is about Harlem, the city that I was born in & the rich history of where writers such as Langston Hughes got their start! And to top it all off, it is free to attend.
  I do hope you can make it. I know that you will not be disappointed! I also hope that you reblog this, share the link & encourage your friends to come with you. Until then, be blessed & DO hope to see you there.

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Poetry 2Life Celebration!

Great Morning Bloggers & Readers,
  The Poetry 2Life Celebration was an amazing event! Artists slammed their poetry with love, passion and talent.
  Spectators enjoyed the ambience and music during the networking hour. Once the slam began, artists stepped on stage with full attention from the audience. Abdul of YellowTapeInc secured the venue, promoted the event and was the MC. Comical, humble and an artist himself, he engaged the audience as he made each poet feel comfortable as they approached the stage.
  It was a night to remember! Stay tuned for details regarding upcoming events, open mics and networking opportunities. You will not want to miss the next one. If anyone is interested in slamming &/or networking for the sake of promotions, please contact me via my website (link below). Please fill out the form and I will reply. As an author, teacher and poet, I truly believe in supporting other artists. I look forward to further communication. Thank you for your support and time.
Best,
D.D. Wright

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D.D. Wright, author of Poetry 2Life: Youth. Struggle. Love. & Embracing: A Poetic Perspective.

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Tiff, Crys’tal, Syb & D.D. Wright, all poets who slammed at Poetry 2Life Celebration.

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Theo & Poet Jae (Instagram @zuri25), poets who slammed intense poetry at the Poetry 2Life Celebration.

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Empress, sitting beside Candy Mojica, artist who created all art work in Poetry 2Life: Youth. Struggle. Love. Follow her on Instagram @njoyl1fe.

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Rick (Instagram @rhcomedy), Gypsy Rose & La Sciencia (Instagram @lasciencia) at Poetry 2Life Celebration. Each of them are diverse and animated.

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Rashida also known as The Luvlii 1 and her cousin. She was on time to perform her piece called, “Fist Pump”. Follow her blog and on Instagram @thee_luvlii1.

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All of the poets who participated! Please follow them on their networks, support the gifts that they were blessed with.

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MC of Poetry 2Life Celebration & CEO of YellowTapeInc, Abdullah. Follow him on Instagram @yellowtapedula for information regarding upcoming events, all highlighting artists.