Author Brian L. Evans – Onyx Blood

Born on the circle of the sun

my innocence was kissed

by a melanin mist

that came up from the ground

and blackened my skin.

My armor from the sun

Could not protect me from

my whiter brother

from another Mother-

Nature, who always favors the fittest

genetically speaking

we disrespect our own species

by favoring means over genes

and homes over chromosomes.

Selling our souls for fool’s gold

all we’ve known is what we’ve been told.

Instead of reading a book

we get baited and hooked

on the ignorance,

which becomes our reality

TV Housewives and Hip Hop.

While our lives play out on cryptic screens

it’s hard to see behind the scenes

The War on Drugs–police brutality

so what we’ve been

is what we shall be.

Our history

written with the ink of onyx blood

has spilled onto the pages of our present.

Killing, lynching, spraying, beating,

dogs on leashes biting and eating

the flesh off my Fathers . . .

The Blood Spangled Banner yet waves.

So, I dip my pen

into the blood of my kin

as it cries out from the ground

with Abel’s sound

Somewhere between “I Have a Dream” and “By Any Means”

I hear the voices and screams

of Malcom X and Dr. King

shattering the corridors of time

like bricks through stained-glass windows

as blood, black and thick

gushes into my innocence.

©  Brian L. Evans

Excerpt form the book “Divided Lines – A Poet’s Stance”


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Divided Lines

Foreword . . .

In a world of ever increasing advances seemingly created to make our lives easier to manage, envisioned to bring us together, to draw us closer, we are still in many instances isolated and at odds and validly apart. Something is missing, there is a snag, a rip, a hole in the spiritual fabric that we all see; yet we continue to fail to address.

 It has been said by self-proclaimed philosophers, theologians, scholars’ and politicians that the abuse of words can be a danger, there are those that believe words are a leading factor in what ills our society. Of this we do not deny in full, there have been abuses, history is but a melody to that fact, yet it is also true that words have the innate capacity to bridge, to heal that which divides.

 Opinions, views, religions, nations, people, even love divides. The focus of this book and the poets here in, is to give breath to a wide range of issues both small and controversial that lie beneath the surface. Things that we are often hesitant to discuss. In saying that, I will offer that the role of a poet is not to persuade or to add more rhetoric to the static we hear. A poet’s responsibility is to shine the light of awareness, to create a platform for dialogue, for healing, to gather up the images in an attempt to understand what we see.

Demitri Tyler, Author

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