Ghetto Gazelles

 MALE SOLIPSIST

some mistake your confidence for arrogance

because they want to see you beaten down

surrounded by poverty and despair

yet a flag of surrender will not be found

refusing like others

to allow society and economics to have you bound

glimpsing you in passing

wishing your presence was more often around

your environment motivates

but doesn’t make you

your circumstances test

but never break you

your name comes from Persia

meaning elegant and quick

brothers would describe your mind as beautiful and your body as thick

some strive to draw close but you remain forever elusive

and say that you will never put up with anyone who stops trying and makes excuses

ao anyone traveling with you will have to be confident and quick on their feet

while also realizing you see through game and other forms of deceit

you’ll never allow lying lions to ravish you like other forms of prey

FEMALE PLAGIARIST

all i gotta do

is sit and wait

sit and wait longer

sit and wait a little further still

and it’s gonna find

me

all i  gotta do

is sit and wait

sit and wait harder

sit and wait a little stronger still

if i could just learn how

what i need to do

is sit and wait

sit and wait happier

sit and wait a little smarter still

cause i’m a woman

sit and wait

sit and wait less bitter

sit and wait less angrier still

what i gotta do

is sit and wait lovelier

sit and wait more classier still

cause i’m a woman

it’ll find me

you get yours

and i’ll get mine

if i just could learn

to sit and wait

you got yours

i want mine

i want God’s ordained design

i want Obama love

i  want Oprah money

i want diamond rings

i want furnished homes

i want nice kids

i want permanent security

i want generational longevity

i want unlimited leisure

i want endless pleasure

i want peace of mind

i want everything

and i’m gonna get it

cause i gotta get it

cause i need to get it

if i could  just learn how

thought about calling

for it on the phone

asked for a delivery

but they didn’t have it

thought about going

to the store to get it

walked to the corner

but they didn’t have it

called your name

in my sleep

sitting and waiting

sitting and waiting

sitting and waiting more still

thought you would awake me

called your name

lying in my bed

but you didn’t have it

offered to go get it

but you didn’t have it

so i’m sitting

i’m sitting crumbling

i’m sitting tumbling

all i know

is sitting and waiting

waiting and sitting

sitting  and waiting

like godot i’m expecting godman to show up any day now

cause i’m a woman

all i know

is to continue to sit and wait

cause i gotta wait

cause my ancestors wait

cause my grandmother wait

cause my mother wait

cause my sister wait

cause my niece wait

cause my aunt wait

cause my cousin wait

wait for it to find

them

so i’ll wait for it to find me

Written by MAN (Byron Simmons) & WOMAN (Yanique Norman) 

Sampled poem from Nikki Giovanni 

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