Spoken word Stuff

The following poem was written and performed (by me) at the Green Apple in East Point – Atlanta on Wednesday April 2, 2008. It’s meant to be read aloud. 

I Want To Know 

It’s been said that wisdom comes with age

I beg to differ.

I have many more questions today than I had when I was innocent

And now…

I WANT TO KNOW WHY!              

I want to know why some will rant and rave in rhyme

And cry for the need for change

But do nothing in November to effect that change – and encourage others to do nothing with them

(too light skinned I’ve heard some say)

I want to know why

Babies dead in Rwanda, Iraq, New Orleans, New York, New Guinea, Jamaica, Brazil, Ghana, El Salvador – babies dead babies dead babies dead babies dead babies dead.

And you still tell me Jesus saves

I want to know why.

Four thousand American and thousands upon thousands of brown skinned casualties as a result of an unsanctioned and thus illegal military invasion and it’s still allowed to continue.  More are protesting the loss of Chikeze on American Idol than the loss of all these lives.

I want to know why.

I want to know why research and development in the treatment of fatal childhood diseases or even menstrual cramps lags far behind the research and development of Viagra. Why I was expected to have a happy period back in the days before my uterectomy.

Stop. Yes – Uterectomy. Hysterectomy is a misnomer – my hysteria is well intact thank you very much.

I want to know why bullets in the backs of suspects make the 10 o’clock news but don’t register in the hearts of the citizen. Why no one believes that next time it just might be your child. Or you.

I want to know why grandma no longer watches “As the World Turns” from the sitting room. Why being shot in her own home and framed as a criminal seemed a reasonable byproduct of the war on drugs to some.

I want to know why.

I want to know why thousands had to lose their homes before the Fed stepped in and why Bear Sterns is being saved but my ex husband lost everything to the predatory policies endorsed by this administration. And now we watch another commercial offering credit protection.

I want to know why.

I want to know why the call for “English only” in the workplace isn’t scorned, especially by we who were forced to give up our native tongues and adopt this language that still tastes funny in my mouth.

I want to know why.

I want to know why some feel that love between two people could ever be a sin. Why some wish to legislate love, control it and tax it. How someone else is threatened if two women kiss. How a marriage will unfold if a penis touches another penis.

I want to know why.

I want to know why those who choose to protest abortion don’t lead the way to adopt and provide for the unwanted babies who are already here. 

I want to know why.  I want to know why those in the forefront of the prolife movement who will never be pregnant and never have that hard decision to make still feel comfortable in making the decision for those who do

I want to know why.

I want to know why mothers dress their little girls like hookers, but seemed surprised when they’re treated that way.  I want to know why you let your babies dance along with soulja boy “off in this hoe.” Why you would allow a little misogynist to make a cum-stained Superman’s-cape dreamscape for your child.I want to know why.

It’s been said that wisdom comes with age

I beg to differ.

I have many more questions today than I had when I was innocent

I want to know why



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16 responses to “Spoken word Stuff

  1. Lex

    [double hand snap, snap, snap, snap, snap, snap, snap]

    And so do I.

    I hope you’re going back next Wednesday. I’ll meet you there!

    The host asked me to do this poem again next week – I’m thrilled at the reception of the group and with your double hand snap! Hells yeah, I’ll see you there!

  2. Simply put darling, because we are still slaves…We’ve just replaced the shackles for psychological manacles…Free your mind and your ass will follow!

    Good answer to my poetic question. Happily my audience felt it with me last night and hopefully someone make a change, no matter how small.

  3. Wow! That was awesome! Found you through Lex!

    Welcome! Any friend of lex’s…
    Thanks for the compliment. I’ll come over to your place in a little bit.

  4. Brilliant! Simply brilliant!!!

    ~claps hands and stand on feet~

    Bambi, Thanks so much my friend. I really appreciate it.

  5. Hey…as soon as you know, tell me, and we both will know. Beautiful piece, Jali. Excellencio! (and yes…I just made that up)

    I love the excellencio very mucho!

  6. Lex

    Look at you replying to comments! You must be getting some GOOD lovin’!


  7. Keep seeking with all your might and you will surely find out “Why?”

    I’ll follow your sage advice. Thanks for the visit today!

  8. miz

    I loved it. Found you via Tony Oh. I’m hosting a “Book Release Party”, June 7th, in the A, at the Grounds Coffee House, would love it if you attend, and most importantly would love it if you will do some spoken word . You can contact me via my website or email lady, lining up talent now for this showcase, want some homegrown to show their stuff.

    Thanks so much for the offer – I’d love to attend and would love to speak! I’ll be over at your place shortly.

  9. Miz

    Thanks lady! And thanks for the love, we are gonna have such a good time!

  10. I am literally applauding you as I sit at my desk reading this. You’re awesome. Wish I could have seen it live!

    Thank you. You’re making me smile this afternoon!

  11. Nice info, added to favourites.

    Thanks so much. I’ll check out your page today!
    edit – another spam-bot folks – don’t click the link! I changed the name for your protection

  12. I wonder about many of those things, too, but you’ve gathered them all into one place.

    I would have loved to be in the audience when you read this so I’ll so my clapping, stomping and cheering now, Jali.

    I would have loved to have had you in the audience! Thank you.

  13. that was an excellent piece of writing. really good. very honest writing. i wish i knew your voice so i could hear it in my head while i was reading the poem ;0

    Thank you Tony.

  14. Smashing, Jali! Next time – youtube!!

    Maybe so – the show is filmed once in a while.
    Thank you.

  15. ShondaLand

    OH. My goodness this moved me. Very good, I’d love to see the performance. xoxo

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