Never Settle.

13, Vol. 2

Encounters

Gambling

School to Prison

Because

Love Yourself

Green Lights

Take What You Need

Blunts and Sage

Heathens

Encounters

New city
New experience
Before you judge
Know that we all
Have a connection
We get
nowhere else
From
nobody else
Why would we
Even want to
Recreate these
moments
That only taste well
The first time
We try
To step out
On a limb
Expectations
Not quite low
Enough to limbo
Under
but
Not high enough
To be disappointed

Let's go and
Let go and
enjoy
Each moment
Like it's
The first
And last time
Because this is
The only time
We will ever be in
This mind
And space
And although
Cliche
It's true
It really is
it really is
Both at the
Same time
Neither at once
Coexistence
complements
Itself even when
At odds

What are the odds?
You know
The chance that on
This planet
And at this time
That things would
Refine and the
Way our words
On paper align
Allows us both to
Climb
up these steps
This ladder of words
We sometimes overstep
And skip steps
While running upstairs
You make me
Want to
Ascend slowly
holding
Your hand
Holding
The rail
Trust can come
With safety nets
Lest we free fall
Backwards while
Smiling.

Gambling

New city
New experience
Before you judge
Know that we all
Have a connection
We get
nowhere else
From
nobody else
Why would we
Even want to
Recreate these
moments
That only taste well
The first time
We try
To step out
On a limb
Expectations
Not quite low
Enough to limbo
Under
but
Not high enough
To be disappointed

Let's go and
Let go and
enjoy
Each moment
Like it's
The first
And last time
Because this is
The only time
We will ever be in
This mind
And space
And although
Cliche
It's true
It really is
it really is
Both at the
Same time
Neither at once
Coexistence
complements
Itself even when
At odds

What are the odds?
You know
The chance that on
This planet
And at this time
That things would
Refine and the
Way our words
On paper align
Allows us both to
Climb
up these steps
This ladder of words
We sometimes overstep
And skip steps
While running upstairs
You make me
Want to
Ascend slowly
holding
Your hand
Holding
The rail
Trust can come
With safety nets
Lest we free fall
Backwards while
Smiling.

School to Prison Pipelines

School to prison
pipelines have lead in'em...
Turning us into zombies
Looking for a leader
Hypnotized by preachers
Indoctrinated by teachers
I see now, to reach ya
I've gotta go a little deeper
Look...
Lie when they report it
Can't get justice
even when recorded
It's just us
No back-up dispatched
No equal starting place
In this race
All races mismatched.
Played against each other
Big match
They laugh to the bank
While we fight over scraps


Ahhh ahh ahh
3 shots in my back
I bet they bring up
Black on black crime
After my death
As if their argument
Justifies the loss
Of life
I could have been
A doctor, lawyer,
Fuck that
I was a brother
Son, cousin,
Someone endeared
By someone endearing
But I'm endangered
People don't see my
Value unless
I'm holding a ball
Or dropping the ball
I matter to us all
And most just don't
Know it yet

Because

Because we are we.
It is supposed to hurt,
so we remember.
And to be honest,
you are the only person
I have these convos with
and I appreciate you.
You aren't a stranger.
Just an extension of myself
to reconnect with.
That's why
we feel so familiar.

Although I don't show it
Because my shoulder
Is the one being leaned upon
At this moment
Truth is,
Our conversations
Are my kickstand
An even exchange of
Intellect, emotion, ideas
I write about you
So you may live forever
What a gift

This life is like
A flash in a pan
80 years maximum on
A 5 billion year old planet
Holding onto it
Is like trying to hold
Water with open fingers
I'd rather enjoy the sensation
While it sifts through
My knuckles
Let's look alive
And love it
...Preferably,
Together.

Love Yourself

She said
She tatted
Two lines of
Her favorite
Poem on her
Skin...
Then
Showed me.
I saw my own
Words covering
Cuts on
Her forearm
My eyes said
Please explain
Her face said
Ease the pain
I obliged

That's when
I explained
I once hated
My life too
Thought of
Taking my own
Life too
Expectations
Too high
I was getting
Too high
Still couldn't
Reach them
Until I was like
Why try?

Went from
Filthy paid
To dead broke
Tried hanging
Myself
And the belt broke
Brother held
Me while I slept
Nowadays
I stay woke
Meds had me
Feeling like somebody
Else or not
Feeling at all
Numbness
Isn't healing at all

We have more
In common than
You thought
Happiness can't
Be bought
Love is war
We fought
For something
We never saw
But somehow
Got taught
We should
Strive for
Stay alive for
Or die trying for

So fuck it
stop trying
And just
try living


Green Lights

Green lights illuminate
Your bedroom
How could we stop
Wait,
Can I write about you?
Okay, go.
Kissing you feels
Like singing my
Favorite song while getting
Off work on a Friday
Speeding home
With the sunroof open
And no plans
Just enjoying the freedom
Holding you feels
Like beating Bowser
As a young child
And freeing the princess.
I'd jump through
Hoops of fire
To reach you.

Take What You Need

Passed relatives visiting
Me in my dreams
With omens and advice,
More than imagination
Forcing me to think twice
Enough to ponder, wander
And take heed
Extending arms of love
Saying, "take what you need"
Some take from us til we bleed
From wrists, feet, and crowns
Walking barefoot,
Stories exist beneath grounds
Afrikan graveyards become
Parking lots,
Is anything sacred?
Police strip us of our freedoms,
Wanting us dead and naked-
Tell me how we take it,
It's amazing,
We make love, children, and art,
While simply trying to make it...
Just trying to make it.

Blunts and Sage

first
Stepped into your
Home
Blunts and sage burning
Spraying rose water
Perhaps cleansing
From something
Before
or preparing
For something to come
Foreshadowing
spread light
Gucci robe on the floor
A clue into your
earthly ways
Can't always have our
Heads in the
clouds
Nowadays we compare
Gods and religions like
Sneakers
Walk in it before
You form an opinion
Some of the greatest
Achievements,
accidental
Us meeting,
merely by accident
But let's not
take it for granted
What are the chances
We'll accidentally
encounter
Each other by
happenstance
You know, that stars align
Type of mumbo jumbo
Crossing
space and time
While we meet in DC over
Chicken with mumbo sauce
wings,
Hold the MSG
You make me feel like
Ewing on the MSG hardwood
Oakley was better than
Pippen on the lowest of keys.

Heathens

rolled two dutches
While conversing
About god consciousness.

Not necessarily non-believers
we just invest more in ourselves
Have faith in ourselves
Until we tap into and awaken
Ourselves
Both of us dressed
Like we just woke in 1999
Tongues partying
Our conversation
In dance
Would look like
The best tango
And it takes two
To successfully two step
Or maybe it just feels better
Either way
Let's move on
Get past
Past moments
Mistakes, things we wish
We could take back
But forgiveness is given



Fin.

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