By Leonard A. Slade Jr.
Poems of occasion and persistence. From "I Am a Black guy" i'm a Black guy my background written with blood a few candy songs of sorrow are composed for my soul and that i will be obvious plowing within the fields could be heard buzzing within the evening
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31 Conversation Strong language is words, Flying across the dinner table. It is feeling. The debate is mean, The ego is fragile, The heart is sad. That sirloin steak, That glass of wine— They saved us all. That political opinion, That polemical idea, Is what makes us strong. The debate is mean, The heart is sad. 32 Black Philosophy An old field with pearls priceless copied for centuries writ revisionism, Has kept man strong rooted in hi(story) called common sense culled correctly. Gems of thought and the love of wisdom make man precious make man free.
He gave his African queen twelve seeds of promise planted deep before slavery ended . . and I 24 promised him honor and freedom I am a Black man proud as a Lombardy poplar stronger than granddaddy’s roots defying place and time and history crucified alive immortal Look at me and be healed 25 Be Grateful For good health and great hope, For a loving family and genuine friends, For the warmth of home, For the laughter of children, For the House of Prayer, For minds to think, For hearts to love, For freedom to agree, For freedom to disagree, For sunshine and rain, For harvest and grain, For the gift of His life, For the taste of His blood, For the power of His love, Be grateful This Holiday Season.
28 Never Forget A wedding march, A child’s smile, A mother’s tears, A good health report, An excellent teacher, A sound education, An American soldier, A homeless person, A hungry child, A loved one’s birthday, A parent’s love, A helping hand, An inspiring book, A bird’s music, A funeral song. 29 The Sad Adult O Past, stay behind him, The night once cried, The fighting physical Between husband and wife. Has the heart healed From the childhood years; And the dark secret Buried now risen from the grave?
Jazz After Dinner: Selected Poems by Leonard A. Slade Jr.