Promised Land - BLK Boy Missing

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

Submitted: August 12, 2018

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Submitted: August 12, 2018



Black Boy Missing

Black Boy Missing

The Black in this Boy is Missing

Somebody get him some chicken.

That's fried! 

Cornbread, black-eyed peas, and a sweet potato pie.

Oh, Lord!

Take him to the Promised Land!

Where "sing" is "sang",

And Pain become Soul

We Harlemnized the Rennisance and made it our own. 

Style, Funk, Jazz, Blues, Art

Where they thought we'd be damned, we survived.


Where genius is born, find Beauty Ebony Child.

Beautiful, find this Ebony Child.

I'm adopted.

Plot twist

My parents are White.

Plot twist

I am Black

At least that's what people tell me.

People tell me,

How black I am and How black I'm not.

It's true.

Go figure,

They say "you talk so white. Be Black my n-"

"Dude, you don't listen to Lil Young Bang Block?! Man, I'm blacker than you"

I didn't know what to do.

In middle school, I got lost in hip-hop and found my identity in ending these whack MC's

 "King Kong Aint Got Shit On Me"

That's what I said at the lunch table

Freestyles they love that, a punchline and "bap bap bap" 

I thought that was Black.

The complexities of what I want to Be.

I can be as Black as I Wanna Be

I am not that Black.

In terms of Blackness, I'm Tyler James in "Everybody Hates Chris" or Donald Glover.

Oreo dipped delish my confidence crumbled.

I found myself in college ruled jungles.

Juxtaposed pages,

Maybe I'm just a White Boy Black Facing

Yes, that's racist.

I've faced it.

I broke the mirror's glass and took off my mask.

I can finally see the Truth and Beauty in my Black.

We are making its history,

Me and my family.

We fit perfectly together Ebony and Ivory key to each other's chords

Perfect harmonies meant to be.

So you tell me,

Is this, 

Black Boy Missing 

Black Boy Missing 


The Black in This Boy is 

The King's Vision

And yes! Get me some chicken, that's fired!

Cornbread, black-eyed peas, and a sweet potato pie.

Oh lord!

I have been to the Promised Land



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