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    Poetry: Themselves
    Posted on Saturday, August 05 @ 23:42:42 UTC by admin

    Black Power By Akilah Riley

    Truth be told
    Many of us sellin our soul
    In moments
    Dressed up in condiments
    To savour the flavour of the disguise
    So we could swallow the lies
    That we feed ourselves
    About ourselves
    And so we present ourselves
    Wearin masks of themselves
    Yeah u heard me "themselves"
    Themselves are the selves that u tryin to be
    Everytime u say that u find that u too heavy
    Is dem self tell yuh that yuh need to be a size three
    Or four
    Either or
    You still a liar
    Cus u know that u would prefer to eat that slice of pizza
    Or that las piece of macaroni pie
    But is dem self have u wrapped up in their lie

    Truth be told
    Many of us sellin our soul
    Everytime we say
    "U see me I is a black man that only like red skin woman"
    Or me, me eh want no hard head black man
    I want a soft head chile
    A light skin chile
    Cus I so shallow and dumb
    I can't figure out that when I say that, I practisin racism
    Against my own
    In a society created by themselves
    Yeah u heard me, "themselves"
    Is dem self who does advertise skin lightener
    And is dem self who tell yuh that yuh need relaxer
    And for those of you who didn't pick up on the blatant deceit
    Jus know that is dem self who tell yuh yuh could only wear dreadlocks if it neat

    Truth be told
    Many of us selling  our soul
    With the Queen's English
    Laughin at those who can't speak it
    Because their ancestors were forced to merge it
    With their own native tongue
    For your information
    Yuh see we does call that creolisation
    But u wouldn't know that
    Cus u too busy laughin at
    The " I does" , the "dem is' and the ‘ent'
    That we does hear every time we own people make a comment
    On the 7 o ‘clock news
    But is YOU who confuse
    not dem
    Cus dey livin to please deyself
    And not THEMSELVES
    U remember THEMSELVES??
    Who make sure yuh know it was "He, she or it is" and that "I" came before "am"
    But yet still "U" will never come before "Dem" as yuh fail every English exam
    And I hope yuh realize that is dem self keeping yuh back from getting out of the education system
    Cus though yuh bright and scorin high in Spanish, maths and social
    Somehow yuh cyar learn colonial

    Truth be told
    It have some of us sellin our soul
    If it is yuh only pretendin yuh want change and revolution
    But if I were to take yuh seriously and make that happen
    You would be the first man to run
    Cus u dam well know you is a faker who love everything bout this system
    Now I see you and all comin to get poetic
    And perform music with hard lyrics
    Just to entertain me
    Just to mamaguy me
    Performin in yuh Che Guevara jersey
    And yuh still eh know the man nationality
    Kill yuh dead Che was a Cuban
    Get out ah here yes man
    Go by yuhself
    Actually go a lil  further
    Go by "themselves"
    Imagine is dem self actually figure out a way to sell you the revolution
    See dey does advertise it
    And den glamorize it
    While you only  fantasizing bout it
    Till yuh sick with infatuation
    That though yuh lyrics hard, yuh still in the same position
    Cus is dem self creatin this world for u
    Where u cant even fight for what is true
    See you stuck the belief
    That is we head alone  that yuh does tief
    But open yuh eyes for once
    Cus when u busy tryin to front
    U givin dem self exactly wha dey want

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