Finding Equity

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Being Black is not synonymous to anger

Being Black is not synonymous to danger

 

Being Black is not synonymous to poverty

Being Black is not synonymous to tragedy

 

Being Black is common with perseverance

Being Black is common with cultural adherence

 

Being Black is common with ten thousand languages

Being Black is common with twenty thousand ethnicities

 

The color Black absorbs all

The color Black doesn’t fade at all

 

The color Black dominants the landscape

The color Black penetrates the sunrays

 

Black is when you are suffer-free

Totally operating in autonomy

Creating new waves in a laboratory

Pixelating new additions on life’s movie screen

Cosmos-inspired textile mosaics reign supreme

 

Eyes’ vision 8th dimension that affects impact

Lives of truth genuinely smile back

Rites of passage prepares responses of tact

Deep touches of moans felt along spine, back

Incomparable is the definition of Black

 

© 2016

–E as Poetlove Water

The Funeral of Etaniel

Festive

Celebrating all he IS

Orange Blue Black

Soca music blaring

Afro-House compelling

Yes…letting the tears flow

But…mix in the cartwheels

Coupé Décalé, smiles and pleasantries

 

For the spirit has retired

Soul endured the fire

Because fires don’t consume dragons

Delectable brown body laid to rest

Weary eyes of trials by fire

Positively endless

Negatively temporal

Balance meets the area of grey

 

© 2016

— E as Poetlove Water

The Fear of Organic Masculinity

There has been a lot of talk lately about the disconnect of older and younger generations.  I believe it is painfully apparent.  In the latest post at Easpoet’s Blog, I will not delve into that topic.  But, I would like to share personal experiences that serve as supporting evidence of the tragic nature of a non-communicative community of souls.

I have worked with youth in varying capacities, throughout the years.  One of the many things I enjoy in the line of “work” (actually, I see it as a responsibility) is the level of honesty within children.  Yesterday, I was fulfilling my duties as volunteer at a local Brooklyn nonprofit.  A fellow volunteer suggested that the male child work with me.  He refused.  Then, a female child interjected by saying “I don’t wanna work with him either. He scares me!  His voice is too deep!”  That moment alone sparked deep thoughts surrounding the embrace, or the lack thereof, of organic masculinity.

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Unfortunately, yesterday’s sentiments were not the first time I’ve encountered a great uneasiness from children.  From late teens until present times, my face has carried a significant amount of facial hair.  Generally, small children under 5 would be alarmed by seeing facial hair on a man.  Strange, huh?! I have realized that a cultural norm in USA is shaving.  It is an activity I have despised and disturbs my skin health (an ongoing problem for men of deep color).  USA’s “culture” strongly discourages facial hair in many segments of society.  Within the last three years, a man sporting a beard has been an expression “okay’d” by the dictates of fashion trending.  Is this move ‘organic’ or ‘inorganic’, though?

Barechested Man Shaving

 Image by © image100/Corbis

Now, I will delve into entertainment for a moment.  Let us take a moment to reflect on the most popular male entertainers from the preceding sixty (60) years.  Names like James Brown, Chuck Berry, Michael Jackson, Prince, David Bowie, Marvin Gaye, John Lennon should have come to mind.  All were/are considered groundbreaking artistes for different reasons.  Allow your mind to see where I am going with this.  The common denominator is each entertainer had an overt feminine presence/presentation.  You may wonder why Marvin Gaye’s name appeared.  He was included for the same reasons as Michael Jackson, Prince and John Lennon.  These men had higher than normal singing voices.  The recording industry discovered a way to neutralize or cancel any overt masculine expressions within these men.  Please know that the assessment is not a personal attack on any of these men.  Unfortunately, they were products of manipulation of money-worshiping record executives.  Each man had millions of female fanatics.  Do women actually appreciate organic masculinity?

I continue to use United States of America as prime cultural example for a reason.  This nation’s influence in the world has been incredible.  In my opinion, it is not a good thing.  Many people global emulate the latest American cultural exports.  I would say the cultural import responsible for this is european societal norms.  As one may flip through photographs and paintings of men from greco-roman, british, pre-medieval, medieval and modern times, it becomes quite difficult to make a distinction between a male and female.  According to my knowledge, this is very intentional.  Again, I am not attacking european culture, per se.  I am providing my understanding of a lack of traits deemed masculine.  The misconstrued history books that many of us have read states that european settlers (British, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch) founded the new land to become known globally as ‘United States of America’.  So….there you have it! The revelation has come on the reason why european culture has such prevalence in USA. ( a little humor, I hope.)

As this post scoffed at the current trend of big beards among men, there is another component that thinks positively.  I am happy with the fact that men are allowing the natural growth of facial and body hairs.  In opposition to, I do find it appalling that the crazed, psychotic fashion committee of the world has to give its “stamp of approval”.  Come on, men!  Allow testosterone and hormones do its biological/physiological duties.

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In conclusion, I am full support of the new age movements that have been happening globally/cosmically.  The influx of corrective, healing and balancing energies on planet Earth are most necessary for the continuation of life.  I am certain that EVERYONE is feeling and observing the differences in life’s requirements.  Masculinity, as it once was known in USA, was drenched in discrimination, privilege, imbalance, flared ego, misogyny, disrespect, dogma and lack of spirituality.  Now, masculinity must balance and be a full understanding with proper use and application of feminine energies.  Once the balance is in place with each individual, then fear shall subside.

Black Alternative…….you got the screwface!

Eclectic’s the name

Couldn’t hide

No shame

From the military

To the vintage, baggyness

Focus on the itinerary

Must have look

To express the insides

Again no shame

Full of pride

Because I worked

Pushed, persevered

To know WHO I AM

 

Oranges and blue

Grounded by black

Knowing thyself

Sometimes surrounded by white

Greens in cup

And on my plates

Excited by Portishead

Superblue and Metallica

Mariah’s on the radio

As tranced out to drum & bass

Plenty raves, no pills

Music making me high

Astral travels to unravel

 

Stresses and pressures

Twisted demands

Black, the mistaken curse

Male, the mistaken identity

USA, the mistaken utopia

The outsiders wanting to come

To scared to come in

‘Cause within themselves

They wouldn’t go in

I live as prime example

Jealously enraged

As this man stand strong

Never saying “fuck you!”

 

© 2015

— E as Poetlove Water

No Pictures, No Gimmicks….just a few words!

Greetings World!

The last post by E as Poetlove Water was a while ago.  I’m still here.  As Tweeted (@MrEPLWater)….”The waters have been crashing, love is ebb & flow and the poetry has halted.”  That explains my absence.

Spring 2016 will be bananas!  While the surrounding world wallows in uncertainty, I will be bringing certainty

In Creativity,

E as Poetlove Water

How To Tickle Your Ears and Soul

Greetings Great Folks!

Thanks for following ‘Easpoet’s Blog’.  Sometimes I give lashes.  Other times, I give solid advice for life. It comes from the same place…..my crazy, free-spirited self! LOL

So, I have a survey for everyone.

  1. What are your three (3) favorite genres of music? Please list in parenthesis the country of origin 
  2. For each respective genre, which artist has been most influential?  Why? (please limit explanation to one sentence)
  3. For each respective genre, what is one of your favorite songs?

There is a prize associated with survey.  Here are the rules:

  • List your responses in numerical order.
  • Share the blog post with your friends/family members/co-workers/enemies
  • At the end of answers, please write the following:  ‘Thanks (name of person who shared blog post with you) !’  Your response will be listed in the ‘Comments’ section of blog post. 
  • The person who has the most “Thanks __________!” will receive a gift from Cafe Provisions (Philadelphia based holistic health company) valued at $15 USD.
  • The survey ends on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 7:30 PM EST.
  • The winner will be announced on Friday, July 24, 2015 via Easpoet.wordpress.com and Twitter (@MrEPLWater).  Also, the winner will receive gift certificate to redeem at Cafeprovisions.com via email.
  • Have fun!!!

Let E be the first to answer the survey.

  1. Soca (Trinidad & Tobago), Coupe Decale (Cote d’Ivoire/Ivory Coast) and R&B (USA)
  2. Soca – Iwer George because he has an independent-minded, soulful approach to making music.  Coupe Decale – DJ Caloudji took elements of Hip Hop/DJ culture to next levels that sound very authentic.  R&B – Peabo Bryson consistently delivered smooth, rich tones and great vocal control.
  3. “Ready or Not” – After 7

Dedication to Earth Day 2015

When is Earth Day?

Landscape varied
Fires ablaze
Winds chimes
As the tears of clouds
Produce memories of thousands of years

Supple breasts for kindling
Deers pant by streams
Of deliciousness of H20
Hippopotamus delight
Rolls and turns

Emergence of caverns
Blind bats, black and brown
Pink and white splotched things
Devious caramel and mocha sand creations
Destruction with each footstep

Forests of tree sing harmonies
Miles of ocean augment rhythms
Grasses passions numerous actions
Dark carbonated soils birth countless seeds
Saluting the smiling moon

A mighty star to encourage all
Life ebb and flows
The juice of life
Penetrated 10,000 feet below surface
Blood serving as griot

(c) 2015
— E as Poetlove Water