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Ali's Red Glove
by Kiki Mkushi 
06/04/12
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I look into the eyes of a troubled youth
See the lost hope-heís seen too much too soon
His chocolate brown eyes ask a thousand questions
First and foremost: God you must be messiní
To put me on this vast grey earth with all this pain
With no hope of reprieve from deathís dark days
Iím struggling to survive-a product of the times
How am I supposed to recover from the works of the blind
Born into depravity, experiencing a kaleidoscope of perceptions
About who I be, what I see- like preconceived rejections
Do this, get back, go there, stay hidden-
Theyíve fashioned for me a panoptic prison
Where can we go in these lone dark hours
Itís a little bit like a milk pint gone sour:
It stinks but no one wants to face it
And itís something irrevocably wasted
I think of the chasm of lost potential
Where there is no vision, the people perish
I see a hand claw its way out of a multitude
Of perceptions and so-called informed intentions
Its that-
Unconscious thing around your jugular,
Deeply connected to the ventricular
That primitive hierarchy in your mind
That chip in the back of your head
Sending waves of data about-
STOP. Pause, break:
Allow me to introduce myself
My name is K and I look 18
But look into my soul-Iíve been knee deep
In a lifetime of lessons that left me pretty scarred
I think back on the days of Noahís great ark
The man had faith but was rejected by the age
I guess sometimes I kinda feel the same
I pride myself on the depth of my radical mind
But you see them powers that be, they always try to bind My-
Progress, my freedom, my ability to be humane
I figure they must be afraid or outright insane
To just stamp on a thing as honourable as a scarlet concrete rose
To call me a ni-Öand call my mum and sister hoes
Maya said it best when she said ĎI will riseí
Sometimes when its too much
You just gotta look to the skies
They keep it in perspective Ďcos everybody dies
Mamma said to her only son:
ĎThey will impregnate you with their liesí
About who you can be, where you can reach-
Donít dare to dream hard
Try to tell you that a black man
Should always be barred
From opportunity, virtue
And ultimately from God
But like a champion fighter whoís body is a buffer
I will fly and tap into a source
let me tell you heís like no other
Your blows have made me strong like steel
And although some emotions are a little too raw to feel
I will strike like a cobra and take back whatís mine
When all is said and done,
Iíve been empowered to do the sublime
So you donít you imprison me in your finite mind
You see men like me, we be one of a kind
So hereís to my boys who in the end rose above
Who will woo a generation like Aliís red glove
Iíve got the future in my hands, itís all in my stride
And Maya said it best you know:
Again and again Iíll rise.


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