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AB, ode to Amiri Baraka

January 13, 2014

by Raymond Nat Turner

 

Ho Chi Minh penned in

“Prison Poems,” the

Poet must also

Know how to lead an attack

 

Amiri Baraka, Raymond Nat Turner at Malcolm X birthday at Schomburg, Harlem 051913 by Zigi Lowenberg
Amiri Baraka and Raymond Nat Turner catching up at the book signing for Rosemari Mealy’s “Fidel and Malcolm X: Memories of a Meeting” at Malcolm’s Birthday Celebration, Schomburg New York Public Library, Harlem, on May 19, 2013. – Photo: Zigi Lowenberg
Not a god or stamp, you

Are still my father, son and

Holy-ghost, post-Langston,

Sterling poet warrior

 

Still the syn-tactical surgeon

With precision pen, atomic tenor,

Suturing my severed tongue

 

Still the armory

Issuing anti-fracking ordinance

For strikes on Mengeles

At Monsanto

 

Still the arsenal

Supplying smart bombs for

Our war on government-guided

 

Attack-Negroz like

 

Da Men of Steele – Shelby and

Michael – Long Dong Silver, AKA,

Thom-Ass Clarence, Ward Connerly,

Colin Powell and dem imperialist Rice wenches …

 

I searched frantically for you at the end

Of the Apollo’s Sekou Sundiata celebration;

I jumped over a chair, just missing you, at

The Harlem Stage tribute to Abbey Lincoln;

 

Finally, caught you at the Schomburg’s

Langston Hughes Auditorium, at the

Fidel-Malcolm Meeting book talk –

Forgave you for slipping

On Iceberg Slim, and

Told you, “I LOVE YOU …”

Raymond Nat Turner © 2014 All Rights Reserved

 

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