To Snatch Black Gold from Sunlight


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Jaz is a Performance and Award-winning Published Poet, Singer, Theater Artist, Author and ASCAP Member-Songwriter. Her work has appeared in literary magazines such as APIARY, WestWard Quarterly and  [+]

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Racism

You are

A breathing wound imprinted upon God’s creation

Carved into the psyche of my ancestors

You are a brandished whip

Cross-stitched on the backs

Of my

Brothers

Children

Sisters

 

Racism

You are

The tombs which boldly traversed great oceans

To trade black blood for your profit, entertainment & privilege

 

Racism

You are an

Institutional

Systemic

Oppressive

Global

Pandemic

That rolls over & over into every century

To show your diseased face

Like the bloated body & bulged eyes

Of Emmett Till

                                        

Racism

You are a

Thief

of

Pulse

and

Purpose.

Of

Laughter

Dignity

and

Healing

Of

Home

Value

and

Humanity

Of

Unity

Of

Free

Of

THE AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILY TREE.

 

Racism you are the knee of Amerikkka which stole the breath from

George Floyd and Breonna Taylor

(YEAH...SAY ALL OF THEIR NAMES).

 

Your wickedness is in high places and low

 

Racism

It is time.

Way past time to

Break your stronghold

Torch your interruption

And

Face

Your

History

 

I have

No

Answers

For you

Though...

That’s your job.

 

I will no longer hold up your mirror with instructions on dismantling your poisons

And I will not give you what you can go (re)searching for.

No

I am spirit-weary and soul-tired of the reruns on the endless hashtags of my existence

 

Your creators must

Do. The. Work. Now.

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Ginger Smith · ago
WOW Jaz...very powerful indeed...I felt & experienced each stanza as I read it aloud...I had the mean-mugging face as the words rolled off my tongue because the stench of racism is just so foul & deplorable...thank you for capturing what many feel but lack the true words to convey how racism has done enough damage & destroyed many opportunities for togetherness, peace & equality...equity across this land...thanks for putting racism on BLAST- its time is way past up- Get up on outta here and never rear it's UGLY face again...Love & Power I hope you push through to the Number 1 spot with your piece
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Jaz · ago
Oh wow thank you so much Gin! I can tell in what you're expressing here that you did experience every word! I will continue to protest with poetry and prayer against this foul demonic spirit of racism in Jesus mighty name! Thanks again my friend :-)
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Marlene Hill · ago
Jaz, my loving daughter, my
caring friend, my lovely sister.
Your powerful and heartfelt
words cascaded over the questions, anger, and pain of my broken heart with..YES, YES,
YES and AMEN!!
Love Always,
Mom

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Jaz · ago
My Mommy! My Queen! My best friend!! I am crying right now reading your endearing, powerful and sweet words to me...a balm to my soul and spirit! I love you always and forever Mommy...thank you for always believing in, nurturing and loving me! I may not have gotten to the top spot but this.here.is.my.win!!!!! I LOVE YOU MOM!
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Scefenia Renee Harper Dent · ago
I voted
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Jaz · ago
Thank you my dear sistafriend! always for your support! :-)
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Eugene Coates · ago
Awesome!! Congrats!! Voted 🙌🏽
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Jaz · ago
Thank you Gene!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! luv u! :-)
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Amina Ervin · ago
I love it❤️❤️ Congrats
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Jaz · ago
Hi Mina thank you so much sis! :-)
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Jade Lassiter · ago
Powerful! I was moved to tears...thank you for this Queen!
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Jaz · ago
awe thank you my precious sis!!! I was crying when I was writing it so it moves me even the more to know that you too were moved to tears. I love u!
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Tony Harrison · ago
That was awesome! ❤
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Jaz · ago
Thank you Tone! I appreciate your support! :-)
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Helen Halliwell · ago
Wonderful piece of work
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Jaz · ago
Hi Helen! Thank you so much for standing with me my sweet friend! :-)
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Michele Way · ago
Hey cuz, you most definitely have my vote. I love you my beautiful Black Queen. Keep up the wonderful work.
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Jaz · ago
You're so precious cuz! I love you forever my beautiful Black Queen! To God be the glory for the ministry of poetry He's called me to!
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leah maher · ago
This woman speaks from a deep place inside her. I had the pleasure of studying theater with her and she was not only a great writer and performer, but one of the most powerful listeners in the room. Every room.
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Jaz · ago
Leah you have filled my heart & your words are hugging me right now! I miss you dearly and I deeply thank you for standing with me. #missyoumuchmysista :-)