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Go into yourself. Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depths of your heart; confess to yourself whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write.

This most of all: ask yourself in the most…

Forethought and afterthought

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Forethought: Strange Celestial Road

The jungle is a skyscraper

With its balconies bursting
With fate in a pleasant mood

Festooned
By flora and fauna
In the form of ebony
Moonbeams, the zodiac
And lunar sunrises sown in the skyline

Of a constellated canopy

As we speak in tones of time

REVISION

Traversing a Multiverse of Musings

Art by Ayham Jabr

Night recalls
All the places
And spaces
Day has been.

Even in the microcosms
Of my most infinitesimal
Envisionings
And imaginings — where
A multiverse of musings
With enduring
Dimensions interwoven
Under an umbrella of
Umbra and a marquee
Moon falling
Into the arms
Of a nocturnal sky, lie
Waiting — to be…

9/29/2021–10/27/2021

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“Go into yourself. Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depths of your heart; confess to yourself whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write.”
— Rainer Maria Rilke

“Have patience with everything that…

Monthly Prompt №8:November

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The Prompt

Write a poem in any of the forms that I’ve explored with these prompts (below) throughout this year, or write one in a form of your own choosing that perhaps you’ve been meaning to explore…maybe one exhibited in Uncommon Poetic Forms as posted by Somsubhra Banerjee in Literary Impulse, which…

Poetry + Black Activism

After 400 Years

Meme by the Blacktivist (on Facebook)

Once, we as both free and enslaved
Africans — later to be called Niggers,
Coloreds, Negroes, Blacks, Afro
Americans, African Americans, and
now even ADOS by some — were
denied our basic human
and citizenship rights and subjugated
to the status of chattel, mere personal
possessions and property of White
men…

A free verse poem

Author Screenshot of a meme found on Pinterest.

Time

Lingers on whims
Of the wind
Wailing delectable

Dialects of dulcet
Dirges
Waking the dead

With voices scattered like dust
In all of
The anonymous
Spirits I can’t help but feel molding
The terra firma
Of meek
Faces around me. Around us.

I’ve chiseled out who I am
& make…

REVISION

Let the Circle Be Unbroken

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I. Knowledge — The Light

There are words embedded so
Deep, shrouded in memory,
Venerated when repeated or
Whispered behind closed doors,

Honeyed between the lips of

Lovers, given freely in passion
Intimate as a good night kiss; words,
With their beauty distorted, deemed
A resurrection, found in oblivion, each

One a fragile bird with too…

Michael Hall

#21stcenturygrio | with imagination as my 6th sense and soul as my quintessence, I am an alchemist of prosody | https://linktr.ee/21stcenturygriot

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