Printer Friendly

Younger Generation, X'd.

Younger Generation, X'd

   Their young blood
   flow freely
   without just cause,
   coagulating
   where it was spilled.
   prime, young blood
   prematurely transformed
   [by human definition]
   into liquid saline
   welling up
   in Black mothers' pregnant eyes--breaking,
   and streaming down
   mothers' sagging cheeks
   on each spent life's celebration day.
   Lives and tears
   resting ...
   six feet deep.
   Mothers' clarion calls, ignored,
   muted
   by the solemn moistened
   sounds
   of recurring, permanent farewells
   now replaced by memories
   of bittersweet youthful memories.
   Lives truncated.
   These are they;
   the continuing days and times
   of the young male bloods
   feigning omnipotence, omniscience.
   They; the unenlightened,
   existing ...
   extinguishing
   in that, their land of darkness
   where many dare not,
   fear to enter.

   And Black mothers beseech,
   sounding that ole familiar cultural clarion
   in this,
   ostensibly the era
   of prime, post-enlightenment.
   It's the Black Mothers lament,
   in their tearful, painful moments of darkness.
   Their x'd sons

   social disentanglement,

   their departure from social disenlightment.
   On to the netherworld of permanent darkness.
COPYRIGHT 2004 Black Writers' Guild
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2004, Gale Group. All rights reserved. Gale Group is a Thomson Corporation Company.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:Poetry
Author:Thomas, Novel
Publication:Kola
Article Type:Poem
Date:Sep 22, 2004
Words:158
Previous Article:My Hero.
Next Article:Literary Connections: A Theatrical Review of George Boyd's Wade in the Water.


Related Articles
Playing with words.
Performing the Word: African American Poetry as Vernacular Culture.
Traveling with poetry; playing with language. (Books for Children).
Poetry is not dead.
What poetry means to me: inside the mind of a young reviewer.
EASY DOES THE POET.
Roessel, David and Rampersad, Arnold (Eds.): Langston Hughes: Poetry for Young People Series.
Hemphill, Stephanie. Your own, Sylvia; a verse portrait of Sylvia Plath.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2021 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters |