I Am a Black Man

     GEORGE EDWARD TAI

   I  Am a Black Man

I am a Black man

An Afrikan Man

My history is that of humanity

My roots predate the calendar

Afrika is my home

My contributions are

     all that is/ has been/ will be thought

     all that is/ has been/ will be said

     all that is/ has been/ will be done

I am a Black man

An African man

My father’s son

My thoughts include his thoughts

My blood and bone and flesh include his

My work include his spirit

I follow in his footsteps

I continue them­-

And make my own

I am a Black man

An Afrikan man

Speak not to me of compromise

I am straight line i.e. will

I am upward spiral i.e. growth

I am circle i.e. fulfillment

My goal is perfection

My path is productivity

My vehicle is power

I am a Black man

An Afrikan man

Re-ascending my throne

I tolerate no obstacle

Hindrances do not deter me

I feed on impediments

I shall purge my kingdom

All poachers beware

It’s game warden time

I am a Black man

An Afrikan man

In time of war

Present me with harmony but

Speak not to me of peace

Until victory is ours

Present me with unconditional love

That I might

Present us with unconditional celebration

I am a Black man

An Afrikan man

Acknowledge my strength

Offer me not prizes for weakness

Do not encourage the superficial

Tempt me not with diversion

If you are my friend­­- fight by my side

If you are my enemy- confess

I am a Black man

An African man

Detained

But not destroyed

Enslaved

But not extinct

Conquered and

Oppressed

But not for long

I am a Black man

An Afrikan man

Fighting for the future/ heading for home

Manhood

Be my momentum

Nationhood

Be my challenge

Familyhood

Be my reward

 

 

 

 

 

 

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