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The following poem was performed by Jovan as an original rap song in celebration of Black History Month, at a reading at the Newfield Branch Library in Bridgeport, CT --egh


Seek "n" Shine
by Jovan Sistrunk

It's a sweet essence like
alpine when I rhyme.
I'm all nature like sun
flower when the light shines.

I.

I kick back to the tune
of this snare.
Don't play me for a
queer with this word right here.

He meditates for these
MC's that's fake.
Bless it be the piece and
enter a new mind state.

I roam through scriptures,
it seems complex.
I need higher learning
when I speak from these lips.

She plotting me and all
my tans skin.
Defend with gods and leave
earth money and inns.

In our own space
we build like the black race
cause I've been misplaced
in the wrong place.

I'll destroy is nothing
but a brown addiction.
I come first like prefix
there fake like animation.

Oh won't you build with
me.
Put me on a higher level
in the direction I should be.

Hear me, let's glide through
this galaxy.
Depression, aggression,
Emotion killing me.

Slowly, I ought to be
some what proud.
For the sweet essence,
learn my own lesson.

It's a sweet essence like
alpine when I rhyme.
I'm all nature like sun
flower when the light shines.

II.

Most times I feel similar
to a noun.
Hit depression and the urge
to feel a gun.

Could it be I'm deaf, blind
and dumb?
Give my soul back to all
the shining suns.

And almighty one. I can't
explain.
My brain feels dead. My heart feels
shame.

Should I take a sniff of
the cane?
Blank my cells away and it
rained purple rain.

And acid rain came down like
shining sails.
And see a new type of sand
under my toes.

Wait --then my mind
froze.
How did I come about
wearing these clothes?

My pulse paused and
respiration rose.
Praying to a man.
What happened to the woman?

I've got myself in a jam.
Thoughts raced through
my head,
wonder who I am?

I am think, seek 'n' find,
(MCI).
Common sense breaks my
walls of being blind.

I can hear chimes
at the same time hear nines
Being exploded, smell your
body cause it's molded

You will be dealt with
while I dwell into
the unknown
chapter.

It's a sweet essence like
alpine when I rhyme.
I'm all nature like sun
flower when the light shines.

III.

Enough subjects are
unexplainable.
And everybody fronts and
swears they got pull.

But when you get pulled from gravity
to many moments of silence
Did you play the devil's role
or lived by the righteous?

That night, I felt something strange.
I can tell
when people look at me,
they think I'm deranged.

Sometimes I wonder,
should it matter to me.
If we lived off the earth,
would we live for eternity?

Heads are to use to
artificial training.
I'm in basic training
and love when it's raining.

Not complaining. I
flow with the key note.
Combined with herb smoke.
Sometimes it makes my lungs choke.

Let my head blow
with the breeze.
Then Big J, came out like
germs when you sneeze.

MC's -- get dropped like
a thumb-sucker bottom lip.
I design for my people
who hung like drop light outlets.

I be know, the first
cycle of is.
Question, does your Emperor
have or move the lips?

How do you understand
an unheard language?
Can't tell me what was said,
can't trust in you English?

It's a sweet essence like
alpine when I rhyme.
I'm all nature like sun
flower when the light shines.




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