Jul. 15, 2015

'And Now A Word From Chicago's Southside' Genre: Narrative/Dramatic

. . .There Is A Mission To Condition
Your Minds Against Me.

Some Of Y'all Think I'm Hopeless -
Even A Hot Mess -
And It Appears That Way, I Guess,
But Nothing Could Be Further From The Truth.
Know This, I Tell You . . .
Nothing Could Be Further From The Truth.

Y'all Only Hear Of My So-Called Curse;
Y'all Are Only Allowed To See Me At My Worst.
Y'all Only See My Pain.
And Y'all Only See My Maim.
Y'all Never Get Shown My Beauty,
But Only My Ugly.
Never My Beauty,
But Only My Ugly.

There Is A Mission To Condition
Your Minds Against Me.

Y'all, I Have Tremendous Hope.
But Does Anyone Ever Hear About It? Nope.
All Y'all Hear About Is My So-Called Curse.
Y'all Are Only Allowed To See Me At My Worst.

Y'all Don't Get To See My Love,
Or Hear Any Credit Given To Those Of Mine
Who Rise Above.
Y'all Never See My Wealthy,
But Only My Poverty.
Y'all Never See My Landmark Castles And Condos,
But Only My Crime-Ridden Ghettos.
Y'all Never See Those Who Are My God-Fearin',
But Only Those Of My Wicked Chiren.

See, There Is A Mission To Condition
Your Minds Against Me.

Always Shown At My Worst,
I'm Considered Among The Scourge
Of The Earth.
But I'm The Southside O' Chicago,
And I'm Truly Incomparable, Ya Know?
I'm Truly Incomparable, Ya Know?
I'm Truly Incomparable . . .

I'm Rich In Cultural History.
And The Many Who Have Come Out Of Me?
Oh! They're Greatly Blessed And Extraordinary!
And Contrary To Popular Belief,
In Me, There Is Also A Dwelling Of Peace.
And There Is Promise -
Not All Of My People Are Hopeless.
And There Is Vast Achievement -
Oh, Y'all Better Believe It.
And There Is Godly Praise;
For We See Many Joyful Days.

But There Is A Mission To Condition
Your Minds Against Me.

Many Of My Children Receive A Great Education;
Not All Of Them Live In Fear And Trepidation.
And There Is Within Them
Much Genuine Wisdom -
Not All Of My Children Are Coming Undone.
But Y'all Never See My Beauty,
Only My Ugly.
Never My Beauty,
But Only My Ugly -
So That Y'all Would Regard Me
Through The Eye Of A Lie.

Do Not Be Deceived . . .

There Is A Mission To Condition
Your Minds Against Me.


'AND NOW A WORD FROM CHICAGO'S SOUTHSIDE'
- MORE IMAGINATIVE THAN ORDINARY SPEECH:
The POETRY Of CAT ELLINGTON
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Cat Ellington