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TITLE: What Keeps Us Bound
By David (The Goliath Assassin)
03/25/09
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This is the other half of what I had to say to the audience mentioned in "Blood-Boiler." When I posted this, the people on that site said that they liked the first half, but the second half was not as good. Here's what I want to know: Is it really not as "good?" ...Or is it rather not as "welcome?" In your oppinion: Is this poem in need of a serious rework, or is it just controversial in some circles, and basically fine as far as content?

Thanks to Anne Manning. I have used a couple of your editing suggestions. You have been a great help to me. Please forgive the fidelity I have shown to ebonics on this one. Outside of my raps, I am much easier to edit. (smile)
Nobody really cares about a poet these days.
All respect for words of wisdom has been worn away.
These webs meant for safety have been spun from the heart
The world only sees entrapment, misunderstanding our art.

Commercial markets don’t support our wish to be recompensed.
“Why would I pay $9.99 when all I get is your two cents?”
But I can guarantee that I’m worth at least a buck and a quarter.
We all gettin’ judged by our covers in this “new world order.”

“Look at that kid. He ain’t ever had two dimes to rub together.
How’s he gonna’ tell me how to treat my family better?”
“And that honey over there thinks that she’s got the world figured.
She should keep flashin’ that smile and see what kinda’ money it’ll get her.”

As if every idea worth considering has already been thought
And every useful piece of advice has already been brought.
And if some worthy idea does have yet to be found
It couldn’t possibly come from some poet who’s been standing around

For years, just speaking out to anybody passing by
With an arm full of copies and a fire in his eyes
And a love for her song that she clearly loves to sing
Anticipating all the energy and joy it could bring.

No, sir! My brother, my sister, we’ve been shut out!
And I don’t go about it with a sigh and a pout.
I just keep on writing ‘cuz I’ve found it soothes
It’s in my very nature, ‘cuz I’m bound like you.

And I’m… Bound to you if you’re bound to me
And what keeps us bound is a mystery.
But I… Still read your mind and salute your drive.
You recognize this passion is what keeps us alive.
And I’m… Bound to you if you’re bound to me
And what keeps us bound is a mystery.
But I… Appreciate your passion for this art
And I guess that’s a good enough place to start.
(Yo…)
Nobody cares about salvation these days
As if everyone who’d listen has already been saved.
There’s so many lives right now hangin’ on the brink
I wanna’ keep they blood out the bathroom sink!

Cuz I HEARD that thought. I know the games he plays
And when I mention Satan’s name, everybody’s amazed
But yo… the greatest trick he’s pulled beyond compare
Is convincing the world he isn’t really there. (he is…)

And if there’s no devil, then it must be you
You must be crazy, or maybe it’s that kid at school.
And if Satan don’t exist, then maybe God don’t either
That’s how Satan smooth-talks the disbeliever.

And then here comes a warrior to speak the truth
But I’m waved-off as arrogant, or simply confused.
You keep spittin’ out this spirit-food that I feedja’
I’m thinkin’ “Hey, that’s fine, cuz I really don’t needja’…”

So I… go back to church to revive the dream
Hear more about the Word and what it really means.
Jesus says’ “Son, your soul already belongs to me.
Go out into the world now. Find and feed my sheep.”

So I… look for sheep but I’m finding goats
And I’m not about pushin’ Bibles down they throats
So I… just throw the seed where it’s received best
And God keeps me supplied with reserves for the rest
(Who come…)

And I’m… Bound to you if you’re bound to me.
And what keeps us bound is a mystery.
We don’t… And haven’t ever professed the same God
But we share so many morals that we find it odd.
And I’m… Bound to you if you’re bound to me.
And what keeps us bound is a mystery.
‘Cuz I… love you for your pursuit of Truth
And I know one day that Truth will come to you.

Do not hate My people… only the evils that they do.
For My judgment… shall one day fall upon you too.
You are My son… but you fall prey too easily.
Avoid danger… by keeping your eyes upon Me.

Brother, I LOVE YOU… for every way in which we are the same
Sister, I LOVE YOU… through every way in which we’re not.
Though I STUMBLE… I get up wiser every time
Though we GRUMBLE… let’s stick together with all we’ve got!

‘Cuz I’m… Bound to you if you’re bound to me
And what keeps us bound is a mystery.
But I… Appreciate your passion for this art
And I guess that’s a pretty good place to start.
And I’m… Bound to you if you’re bound to me.
And what keeps us bound is a mystery.
But I… Still read your mind and I treasure your soul.
And I’m hoping one day we can all feel whole
(In Him…)
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