What Good Are Poems?

Coach Bilal Sankofa posted this poem, and I quoted the lower stanzas in this post. Due to what I’m sure is selective RT’ing of certain personalities on Twitter, I knew this wouldn’t get the attention it deserved. We want to thank the brother for once again exposing us to appropriate works that might have gone unnoticed.

 

“WHAT GOOD ARE POEMS?”

By C. Leigh Mcinnis

 

Can a poem be as affective as a .357?
Can the images of a poem spray buck shot holes
into the body of a greenback stuffed sheet wearing shoat?
Can a poem be thrown as a brick through the window
of a grocery store so that we may pillage and plunder
its shelves for food for the hungry?
Can a poem be laid on top of a poem,
be laid on top of a poem, be laid on top of a poem
until we have built a shelter for the homeless?
Does a poem need a million dollar war chest
or a foundation grant to be mightier than the sword?
What good does a poem do a spoiled, bloated belly?
Can a poem clothe the naked?
Can a poem improve an ACT score?
Can a poem pay the rent?
Can poems assassinate Negro turncoats
who have sold their souls to racist rags?
Can poems cut short the lives of serpentine superintendents
who slyly suffocate African babies in Euro-excrement
disguised as Caucasian curriculums?

 

Poems are the sperms of revolution.
We need poets to stop adding extra syrup and saccharine
to their sonnets so as to appease the pale palates of people
who have not the stomach for the truth.
We need poets to stop
masturbating away their talents into literary napkins.
We need poets to start impregnating thoughts of
Black magnolias bursting through white cement
into the minds of Raven virgin souls who without it
toil in the reproductive process of self-aversion.

 

Poems are the sperms of revolution.
Are you making love to your people,
or are you fornicating away your existence?

 

by:C. Leigh Mcinnis