Again the Kora.
Article Type: Poem
Author: X, Marvin
Pub Date: 12/01/2010
Publication: Name: Journal of Pan African Studies Publisher: Journal of Pan African Studies Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Social sciences Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Journal of Pan African Studies ISSN: 0888-6601
Issue: Date: Dec, 2010 Source Volume: 4 Source Issue: 2
Accession Number: 306754422
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--Marvin X 7/30/10
Again the Kora

   heart strings before me
   vessel
   arteries
   no blockage
   music is detox
   unplugging centuries
   slavery
   aftermath
   failed reconstruction
   terror of KKK
   landless
   betrayal of all parties to conflict
   jim crow
   post black negro
   neo jim crow
   down to Obama drama

   oh, kora
   you are the one who takes me out of here
   another land, a time, space, a trillion years ago
   a thousand million nights on the Senegal, the Congo, the Nile
   I am the king, I am the farmer, I am the builder, iron worker,
      goldsmith
   I am that I am

   soul of my soul
   plucker of heart
   dance holy dance of a thousand years
   leap into the forest
   hold the lion above heads
   dancers of the perfect mask
   terror of manhood training
   blood of womanhood
   see and smell womanhood
   men know smell blood of the lion.

   I am your slave, oh Kora
   in spite of myself
   I submit willingly
   to the voice of Allah

   no getting out of this
   no crawling, no slither
   snake like

   Kora light and love.
   so it is.
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