“I Think I am Untitled”

As a writer and human being, I am always seeking the challenge of challenging myself.  A writer’s group I have recently joined (Brooklyn, NY) provides a platform to be challenged and criticized.  It ensures that there is no allowance for a “comfort zone” when creating art that remonstrances status quo and social ills.  The result is below:

I Think I am Untitled

Up the stairs

How many stairs

How many stairs?

Lead to how many flights?

 

Preparation of the legs

Reaching new height

Many stares

Upon many stairs

 

Long strides

Produces extra sounds

Creaks that peak

Around the surroundings

 

Causation of building

Muscle mass

Strong lungs

So….how many stairs?

stairs

Eyes still staring

Seeking out flatlands

To rest joints

At the flex points

 

Views of dust

Slight debris

Welcomed to the nose

Invasion of some sorts

 

In flight

Upon a few more flights

Then I’ll reach

A much needed break

 

Creaks are peaking

Hope increasing

Tongue is panting

Patience is thinning

 

Okay now, okay now

This is it

The flatlands are here!

The extra sound as {{{ THUMP }}}

 

© 2016

E as Poetlove Water

 

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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

The Reality of a Situation When One is Bullied

I know…I know…it is shocking!  I am posting TWO blogs in one day.  For this, I must.

First, I would like to announce that I have deactivated ‘E as Poetlove Water’ Facebook page.  It proved to be time/energy consuming, a gauge of the insincerity within general public and not the best tool for marketing my creations (books, jewelry).  Now, here is the true purpose of the latest blog.

Clearly, many police officers in the United States of America are abusing their positions.  There seems to be an institutionally-ingrained disrespect of Black lives.  More and more of these young men and women are dying from bullets shot from a gun (in some cases, guns) of police officers.  NO ONE is beyond reproach! Here are some simple lessons in life:

  • Life is a continuum.
  • Karma / Law of Return exists.
  • When someone “dies”, there is always the option to return to planet Earth to fulfill a mission.
  • DNA carries memories.
  • We are an extension of our family and friends.  Retaliation may come upon a loved one for our irresponsible or cruel acts of violence.
  • Guns are man-made.  The machine is subject to failure.
  • Spiritual power supercede physical power

For those police officers who do not follow procedure because of triggerhappiness, repercussions will follow. Condolences of strength and prosperity to family and friends of wrongfully-slain Black youth in USA!  Justice (Ma’at) will be served!!!

On this Rock, I Shall Roll!

Sometimes, I ask myself “did I REALLY sign up for this?”  The answer remains “yes!”  Life is life is life and continues to be life.  Each day brings a new whirlwind adventure.  When one subscribes to live the artiste lifestyle, only a fellow artiste will understand.  When one subscribes to live the spiritually sounds lifestyle, only spiritually active persons will understand.  

Over the past twelve months, Spirit/Life/Creation has lead me to several locations to fulfill the mission(s) and purpose(s).  During these treks, I have learned more about self and sociological situations which cause suppression of life.  Life must be lived, according to several factors/determinants.  Observations have revealed that most persons under the dictates of a religious/pseudo-spiritual order are underdeveloped, unhappy and lack knowledge of self.  We are equipped with an innate understanding of good, bad, right, wrong, nice, mean, happy, sad, smart, dumb, functioning properly versus functioning improperly.  Now is the time to simplify and make live organic, once more.  The Industrial Revolution, Sexual Revolution, Onslaught of Misinterpreted Abrahamic Religions (Hebrewism/Judaism, Islam and Christianity), Western Medical System (including Pharmaceutics) have complicated life in a very detrimental way.  

The aforementioned imbalances in society are the reasons why I continue to push and create works to assist others on their respective paths in life.  As I continue to settle in my new home of Philadelphia, the solidifying of certain things is the confirmation that I am in the right place.  Furthermore, I am learning that other folks that I know are relocating to Philadelphia, too.  It must be something in the atmosphere.  One wonderful opportunity is that I will be a guest co-host on Internet radio show, ‘Urban Therapy with Sun‘.  The show will broadcast on Wednesday, Aug. 27 from 8:30-10 PM.  The show’s topic will be an analysis of some nuances within the  Black Conscious Community.  www.blogtalkradio.com/sun752

Other updates are as follow:

  • ‘Creation Expenses for The Cells’ is still underway.  The crowdfunding campaign will help with the costs of publishing my 2nd book, The Cells of the Tissue That Should Feel, and organizing an official book release.  Independent artiste work very hard and sacrifice a lot for the integrity of their works/souls.  Come join the few that donated already!  http://www.gofundme.com/9457rw
  • Become my Facebook compadre at https://www.facebook.com/e.a.poetlovewater / Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MrEPLWater / Learn more http://about.me/easpoetlovewater / Contact E at easpoet@gmail.com / Tell your friends/co-workers/fellow art creators to follow Easpoet’s Blog!

Continue to go within to find your proper place in life!  Until next time…