Featured poetry on Sieera Leone Web

Check out the latest entry on Sierra-Leone.org.  It provides a platform for Sierra Leoneans and descendants to post approved literary works.  Cheers!!!

Wonderful view!

Wonderful view!

Advertisements

It’s Time for ‘Recovery’

Recovery

 

Go ahead and admit

You love reality tv, smut and scandal

YouTube fights and World Star HipHop.com

But you are “conscious”

Be real

If you wanna be “unconscious”

Please admit

Your actions say it every day, all day

That road is jam packed

 

Video games at 35

Rejection is nothing you can handle

Life’s outlook is a long ass game

But you are “the man”

Be real

If you wanna be a boy

Please admit

Your actions say it every day, all day

There are playgrounds in every major and minor city

 

The road to recovery

Starts with an admission

We are in a perfecting state

Evolutionary process

Experiences to match

Honesty the best policy

Success is nigh

Go ahead and admit

Check into your soul’s rehab

 

(c)2013

–E as Poetlove Water

I am Mende!

In line with the recent discovery of my Mende roots (Sierra Leone/Ancient Ghana) on my mother’s side (may her soul rest in peace and light!), I have been digging for any and all information on my peoples. Although it is a rehearsal, the music resonates so high with me.

With more developments come more postings. Fulljoy!

New Piece

In Tune

Faintly
I hear unified voices
Multiple parts
Highs, Mids, Lows
In betweens
Swingin’ low
Pause

Emergence
Of several twisted voices
Divisive parts
Dissonance sustained
Non-melodic 7ths
On top of inaudible 9ths
Modulation, a third time

Director
Many scores on sheets
Songs endless
Until yesteryear
Twisted notes
Off pitch
And not caring

Composer
Dug up beautiful songs
Of stories, of cultures, of knowledge
Perfectly written
Perfectly read
Perfectly sung
Perfectly pitched

Rehearsal
All choir members align
Each section in effect
Then peeps of sounds
Twisted notes again
The majority looks around
To hear strange sound

Performance
I heard unified voices
But Hebrew interjected
As Spirit Voices sang
Further disruption by Islam
With a Christian and Hindu harmonic
Causing ears to bleed

Now
The Director ponders
The way to unify voices
Ancestors rolling over a million times
Disturbed by the sounds that resonate
Bursting tears, bursting hearts
They found the answer

Transitions
From the written chord progression
Into a nonsensical signature
Only ghosts knowing the intended key
Impurity
A chicken’s head is cut
Blood signaling mediation

Strongest
Voices from the graves
Meeting the Director
Knowing the Songs
Forgetting the wrong notes
Only singing the right notes
The Songs of Spirit

© 2013
–E as Poetlove Water

Where Emergency is State of Commercial Art

For the past hour, I have been shaking my head (causing a slight headache…ha!).  While tuned in to the radio, I hear “Versace” by Migos featuring Drake, Meek Mill and Tyge.  Needless to say, it sounds like a low-budget production that was completed in 15 minutes, top-to-bottom. It is a great insult to call that “art”.  What happened to the soul and social responsibility in commercial art (or alleged art)?  What happened to creating legacies where proceeding generations can learn and gleam?  Here is what happened…

There are predators and snakes that observe and assess if something/somebody will become their prey.  This tactic played out about 25 years.  When Hip Hop was proving to be a very legitimate and viable art form, then the heads collaborated.  Elaborate schemes and marketing plans were underway.  By 1990, we had two of the most commercially-successful acts each selling 10 million records.  Names:  MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice.  Neither one were approved by the Hip Hop community.  But, Hammer got somewhat of a pass because he was a great dancer, had great dance routines and constantly paid respect to the Godfather of Soul-the late great James Brown.  Vanilla Ice was regarded as a fraud and talentless.  This was the start of the major shift.

Fast forwarding quickly through the 90’s and entering the 2000’s…the decline was a worldwide phenomenon.  Being an avid music listener and dancer, I noticed this decline in many genres of music and art forms.  From R&B to Soca to Afro House, the music wasn’t the same, in spite of rising popularity.  Quickly, I scratched my beard!  Then……it came to me!  MONEY PROFITS GREED HEARTLESS RECORD COMPANY EXECUTIVES….Yeah, that’s what it is.  Now, the world suffers from starvation of digesting quality art and gross amnesia of knowing what is quality vs. garbage

SOLUTION:  Realize the economic power that you possess.  In personal and social assessments, determine the short-term and long-term damage that such “art” will cause.  Set a plan of action.  The plan doesn’t have to be elaborate.  It can be as simple as explaining to a member of youth the true meaning behind a certain song OR as elaborate as creating a program to educate youth about the music industry (good, bad and technical).  Proactivity is the key!

Thank you for your time.  Light, Power & Guidance!!!