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Published on Apr 13, 2013
Rob Gibsun, performing for Virginia Commonwealth University during semifinals of the 2013 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational.
FULL POEM TEXT
S'all good. S'all goodie. S'all hood. S'all hoodie. All shade. All shady. All suspicious. All dark—Y'ALL AFRAID OF THE DARK.
All black. All blue. All catz. All cool— faces painted by blue lights "All of the lights all of the" Suspects: Black. Police: All white. All this questionin'. "A white girl? "Pshhh, I don't even mess wit them! "Aw, here we go again" All patted down: No ganj. No white. No justice for all so somebody getting locked up tonight. All iron cuffs. All shackled up. All up on the whip. ALL TOO FAMILIAR! ALL SLAVESHIP ON FOUR WHEELS, huh? No fields. No Roots. All chopped off foot— "Aw, massa done playin! Run fast as you can!" All prisons is ovens packed with hundreds of gingerbread mans!
All burnt. All smoke. All weed. All trees. All rope. All neck. All jerk—All bleed. All rose petals. No funerals. All mourn. All praying a lot. All praise to Allah— All "Ah!" Aw Lawd! Our Lord— OUR LORD AND SAVIOR. Okay, but what's his race, huh? No brass. No wool. No cotton. All thorn. All crown of thorn. All crucifixion. All truth or fiction? Aw Goddamn! All blasphemy! All "God, damn, answer me!" All goddamned nation. All condemnation. All "Burn, baby, BURN!" All hell. All naw. AW HELL NAW!
All gnaw on pork. All fat. All clogged. "Say grace, s'gon be alright—" All wrong. All healthy foods too far, too expensive. All corner stores sell junk food and liquor. All wine. No religion. No Holy. All Spirits. Faith all finicky. Unrealistic trinity: All Ghost—no mom. All-seeing angry Father—no God. "No son! My god, son, no sun god! "No Big Bang. All evolution." "Yeah pops, from Black Panthers to Apes. Banana-clip Gang, my clique bang." clickBANG!
ALL AFRAID OF THE DARK. All dark. All dark. All dog—naa dawg, you got it twisted, ALL GOD. ALL DARK GOD. ALL GODDESS. O YES GOD! O GOD YES!
NONE AFRAID OF THE DARKNESS.
All hearts lit. S'all love. None lost. All compass. All encompassing. Come one, come all kin come and sing the story of BLACK—naa— AMERICAN HISTORY.