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Light Up In Harlem

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    by BAR Poet-in-Residence Raymond Nat Turner

    Commemorating

    Beyond Vietnam,

    Celebrating

    Grassroots pregnant with

    Struggle

     

    Light up in Harlem

    by BAR Poet-in-Residence Raymond Nat Turner

    (BAR 7th Anniversary Celebration)

    “Over truth there is light” – Moroccan saying

     

    Friday night and a

    Light burns bright

    Up here in Harlem—

    Bright like LED smiles

    Of Douglass, Delaney

    Walker, Cornish and Ida B.

    We’re that light tonight…

     

    We’re that light tonight,

    Illumination

    Lineage of tens of

    Of thousands of torchbearers

    Dealing Defenders,

    Dispatches, Eagles,

    Afro-Americans,

    Mysteries, North Stars,

    Freedom Journals, New York

    Globes, Boston Guardians and

    Memphis Free Speech & Headlights

     

    We’re that light tonight…

     

    We’re that light tonight,

    Back at Riverside

    Commemorating

    Beyond Vietnam,

    Celebrating

    Grassroots pregnant with

    Struggle birthing the

    March on Washington

    We’re that light tonight…

     

    We’re that light tonight,

    Not neon soldiers

    Of Fortune 500

    Foundation followers

    Mumbling mule madness

    We’re that light tonight…

     

    We’re that light tonight

    Streaming from Philly,

    Connecticut, Jersey,

    Filtering in from

    Atlanta, Massachusetts,

    Parts west, popping corks

    On Champagne and wines

    Red and white, toasting

    Truth telling, illuminating

    The people, instead of

    “Speaking truth to power,”

    Under Bill Clinton’s

    Desk, like chittlin-breath

    Buffoons are prone to do…

    We’re the light tonight!

     

    Raymond Nat Turner can be contacted at upsurgejazz.com.

     

    Raymond Nat Turner © 2013 All Rights Reserved

     

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