My Brother's Keeper.
Article Type: Poem
Author: West, Marvin
Pub Date: 11/01/2010
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: Nov, 2010 Source Volume: 4 Source Issue: 1
Accession Number: 306754388
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My Brother's Keeper

(dedicated to all brothers: past, present and future)

   I wanted to be just like my brother
   lean my shoulders in the wind
   The way he would bend his back
   Just like a black Stallion on a track
   My brother moved like a cloud over my head

   I used to look up to him
   Until I learned of his ways, and
   Every dark cloud has its silver lining
   He made transactions with perfect timing
   His anatomy was connected to the cosmos
   His mind was sharper than most

   He sold his rocks one day at a time
   Often miscalculating death in rhymes
   Like Dope man, Dope man,
   Yeah that's me, if you need delivery
   Just like Abra Cadabra that cloud would appear

   But he was more than a dope man
   Only a prince could rock his 22 piece ivory smile
   A natural born mystic telling time on a sun dial
   I wanted to be just like him, learn his ways to a T
   Money was that catalyst
   That helped him to rule chemistry
   I became an apprentice
   Along came my first and last mission

   Rent knocked mamas door like clock work
   He handed me the poison, killing me softly
   I answered the door and there she stood
   A dope phien, dope phien
   She was more than just a dope phien
   Some ones mother, some ones queen,

   My hands opened and she took her dose
   Our eyes met and she changed me
   My tears weren't just mine
   They belonged to generations before me
   Who dreamt of freedom long before me

   She liberated me from my spell and I awoke
   Now I'm a dream catcher sitting over my brothers head
   I am my brother's keeper
   I watch over him while he travels
   like sleep except he's not alone

   There's hundreds more just like him
   Just when you think you spotted one
   My brotha the alchemist. he disappears
   Like the evanescence of his smile, He's gone
   The first time he did a bid, my growth stopped
   I became another life form, destitute of life

   We once knew peace, before white rocks rocked us to sleep
   Now under a spell my brothers we slumber
   But as if the arms of Morpheus are too weak to hold me
   I awoke to discover that I am the last of a dying breed
   I dreamt that the walls came tumbling down around me
   As my brothers dream becomes a reality

   He only wanted a people to call his own
   A father who would return home
   To claim him, now we claim one another
   With hot lead that claims lives.
   This is the song of timeless hero
   Trapped inside of his on sad lyric

   So I speak words of power to my sleeping brother's ears
   Asking him to rise like the waters that made him
   To return to his rightful place from whence he came
   Back to his place as King, protector, lover, son
   Peace, shalom, Hotep.
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