One Love

sexta-feira, dezembro 16, 2005



I say the people of Handsworth, know that
One hand wash the other so they say
So let's join hands my bredren
Make the way for our children (our children, our children)
And their children (their children, their children)
Ensuring that they get life's fair share of...
Doesn't justice stand for all
Doesn't justice stand for all
Doesn't justice stand for all mankind
We find society putting us down
Crowning us, crowning us, crowning us, crowning us
A place of Evil, OH, OH
Handsworth means us the Black People
Handsworth means us the Black People
We're taiklng now. Speaking Jah Jah language!
It's a long, long way we're coming from
To send this message across, across
Its been hidden, forbidden, concealed, unrevealed
Its got to come out In the open that -
It was foolish to build It on the sand
Handsworth shall stand, firm - like Jah rock
- fighting back
We once beggars are now choosers
No intention to be losers
Striving forward with ambition
And if it takes ammunition
We rebel in Handsworth revolution
Dread town, dread town, dread town,
Dread town, dread town, dread town,
Dread we are for a cause
Deprived of many things
Experienced phoney laws
Hatred Babylon brings
We know what we got to offer
We know what's going on
Don't want no favours
Cause there is still hunger
Innocent convicted
Poor wage, hard labour
Only Babylon prospers
And humble suffer
They are brothers in south of Africa
One Black represent all, all over the world
Can't bear it no longer
Blessed wlththe power
Of Jah Creator
We will get stronger
And we will conquer
And forward ever, and backward never
Handsworth Revolution
Handsworth Revolution
Handsworth Revolution
The two Handsworth riots occurred in the Handsworth suburb of Birmingham England during the summers of 1981 and 1985. The riots were allegedy caused by heavy-handed policing and drug-related problems in this inner city suburb, fueled by a nationwide wave of uprisings in the wake of the April 1981 Brixton riot. The black people of Handsworth felt the stinging opression of poverty, abuse by law enforcement and racial discrimination on all levels. Hmmm . . . reminds me of life in Roxbury, Massacusetts in 2005. I guess not a lot changes in 20 years. Babylon is still making the rules where my people suffer. As for me, I'll just keep sticking it to them everyday until they fall. Reading a bit of the history of the fall of the ancient Babylon puts the writing on the wall: "Babylonia zigzagged between power and failure for centuries before it was lost and destoryed forever" ( It is interesting to note that the ancient city of Babylon, which was home to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon (one of the wonders of the ancient world), and the tower of Babel, was located about 50km from what is now Bhagdad. Hmmmm.
"And He will bring down thier pride together with the trikcery of thier hands" Isaiah 25:11

segunda-feira, dezembro 05, 2005

I Love Him

"Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies."
-- Aristotle

He knows me so well
He gets who I am
(and that is no easy feat)
I imagine sometimes that the father of creation cut us from the same fabric
molded us from the dust of the same distant star
or maybe it's like Plato said and he was once my better half
and I his

I gave him a photo of me once,
in the beginning
and, with the seeds of hope sewn in my heart,
I inscribed a secret note on the back

He is thoughtful,
I take refuge in the harbor of his silence;
I find mirth in the wings of his laughter;
I seek pleasure in the temple of his body

He drives me wild
from across the room my heart skips a beat
He drives me crazy
But I wouldn't want him any other way

I carry his heart
(i carry it in mine)
like a precious ember
that burns ever brighter
as we ascend
I will hold tightly to him
because we are each of us angels, with only one wing
and we are flying toward our bliss together

I gave him a photo of me once,
in the beginning
and, with the seeds of hope sewn in my heart,
I inscribed a secret note on the back

which he was not to find

"I hope you are the one, too"

The next day he cleaned the frame
and discovered the note
causing my cheeks to flush
and my eyes to be cast downward
because it had not been just the note
but in fact my whole heart
which had been discovered

Because of him
the seeds of hope
cautionsly sewn that winter day two years ago
now bloom on this winter day after the first snow
and though the trees flower not
my heart is full of spring
my darkness is full of light
and my mind affirms this truth:
I love him