Direct your eyes
to the skies
and see if you can find
the thin black line
where the Earth and heavens meet.
See the twinkle
of the sprinkled stars across the black expanse
as they dance their ballroom dance.
you will find
a familiar glow,
the lunar star stilling the show.
See the darker shades
as they begin to fade
from black to purple to a true sky blue.
Outlined in silver is shroud
of puffy white clouds
and if you didn’t know
that ribbon of light is called a rainbow.
A bow that appears after the rains
and what it contains
for every color imaginable.
Still touring the skies
with your eyes
see it glow yellow orange then red.
See the rays of light
divide the days from light
making the green stuff live
asking for nothing just wanting to give.
Now I ask you.
What could be more beautiful than this
that hovers over us?
Well I say nothing,
nothing but the almighty God that painted it.
To sum this up in one little phrase
That’s giving God his praise.
~Christopher Michael (1999)
This is poem marks the beginning of an era for me. I think this is the first poem I sat down and purposely consructed.
Her tears fall like rain forest
acres of flowers and flesh chopped down daily.
Her pedals poisoned by the pollution of perversion.
She blooms every color from beautiful black blossom to snow white lily.
From human to thing she's reduced.
Passes from pedophile to pervert she's recycled.
Her virginity can never be restored.
Planted in the whores din l
ike trash that missed the recycle bin,
she'd be safer in the center of a lions din.
God did it for Daniel I'm sure he'll do it again.
Imagine living life like a plastic bottle
then thrown away.
You amount to little more than trash on the side of the highway.
Look up from your low place as we celebrate Earthday,
you dread the next day
numb by birthday
no rest for you weary worn out
any day awake
or not high
is a bad day.
I wrote this in 2010 as an example of the direction I wanted my youth poets to go.
It's the last few minutes of "Fear of The Walking Dead".
We’ve been introduced to three black seemingly strong male characters.
The last few minutes ends with the murder of the friend/drug dealer.
I could feel the force of the bullet penetrating his gut.
The inevitable approached like a roaring train,
or maybe a tornado.
I can smell the moisture of the pending storm and bullshit in the air.
Another image of a brutally murdered
pigmently concentrated man on the screen.
But that failed to be enough.
The friend/drug addict who ended his friends existence as a human
and ushered him into the living dead came back for more.
The anger on my tongue tasted like every good for me, but disgusting vegetable I was forced to hover over at dinner. Maybe it was the freshly fertilized dirt they grew in.
I could taste the blood in my mouth as I bit my tongue.
The image of an undead black man run over, and over, and over, again until the drug addict deads the undead.
Another brutal slaying,
an image seared in my mind like the grill lines of rancid steak.
They hired us!
We're on TV!
But the picture they give me,
says there is no hope for me,
in the future,
of anyone's apocalypse.
By the end of episode two, all of the black faces we were introduced to where killed. I just want to know that there's hope for me in the future. Shout out to Deep from Houston VIP for the writing workshop shop that squeezed these words out of me.
Mad props to you and your crew too it's true.
Most of you spit matchstick flame blue
but I spit yellow stars I'm bigger than you.
My lines are diamonds you're still writing granite.
Your metaphors are meteors mine are planets.
You're writing poems
I'm birthing poets.
I lead teams to victory my futures shining clearly
all you got to look forward to is your history.
So spit as hard you can and let your light glow
Then come see me. I spit ultraviolet I make young ones grow.
I PRAY for the day the pupil surpasses the master
If you think you're faster then take the pen from my palm.
Wash your hands!
I'll let you carry the microphone stands.
I'm not fat
this ain't no gut
9 months ago the speaker bust a nut.
I'm bout to give birth to another poet.
Missed your chance to battle me you're lucky.
Best that you could hope to be is my flunky.
Now run along get some air freshener
I'm gonna show you how to make your flows funky.
There's a fundamental flaw floating in your frontal faculty
if you're thinking about battling me.
You can't afford the Phe- tote my mic for me
and maybe I'll teach you how to almost be me.
Rich might Shake but I cause quakes,
fuck an 8.8,
I make the Earths core break,
Haiti and Chile were minor poetry breaks.
You're a Jason Voorhees poet beating up little camp kids.
I'm a Freddy Krueger poet I'll even beat you in your dreams kid.
you're a papier-mâché Tokyo beggin to be stomped.
You're an origami poet just waiting to be folded.
Ssshhh… stand to my right wash your, hands here's my pen I'll let you hold it.
Whether I see you as my successor or not no matter.
Step to me B and get Shattered.
It's cute the way your ink prematurely splattered.
Trying to spitfire and all I see is steam.
You're still training.
Your poetic diaper you're still ink staining.
You best wear your rubber rhymes when you step to this
I spit syphilis lines I'm so sick with this.
Get your inkoculation before you come for this.
I'm going to Tina you turner you're gonna need an anesthetists.
You couldn't hold the hands on a stop watch
no wonder you're hating on the grandfather clock.
Dude you're gonna need to call the Doc,
cause you're just a quak, a lame duck,
barley new born pup
you don't even see what I'm saying scruffy.
You can't carry this my pen it weighs a pound puppy.
I think I left somebody out
time keeper STOP!....
I've already out slammed the other six dwarfs but I’m refuse to step to Doc.
All hail Jane Marie when her words start to gather
but no matter how powerful the queen she's still just a pawn.
Cause as long as the king is still standing the game can go on.
Hear ye hear ye;
To all who bare witness to my words. Hence forth and forever more I will out shine them that oppose me like a yellow star against the glow of the candle they can't hold to me. I will spit life, till I extinguish their flame like so many wet matches for we remain unmatched. I, the self-sustained nuclear reaction. They, the smoldering embers of a urine soaked campfire. Let the sweet stench of their extinguished spark rekindle the remembrance of their fate.
Snooty Smooth Penz
War Words was written in 2010 for a poetry slam battle at Killeen Poetry Slam. No poets were hurt in the making of this poem. Make no mistake I love and respect every poet referenced in this poem.
They riot over championships.
We riot over injustice.
The steady drip of water can wear down a rock
or reshape a mountain.
A fire hose can create a directed blast of water that measures upwards of 400 pounds per square inch.
That’s equivalent to the full concentrated weight of a male gorilla standing in a space too small for even a pawn on a chessboard.
The fire hose
is used to extinguish a flame before its heat can be felt.
Before the flame leaves its telltale black scorch marks.
A pressure washer
is used to clean the black and grime off walls.
It’s used on sidewalks to wash away dead leaves,
or the blackened stains left by our machines.
Fire hoses have also been used to extinguish the flame of a people whose fire was ignited by a desire to be equal,
they dared to march in streets until their heat could be felt.
Pressure washers or “water cannons” are used to wash away the black and drown out the voice.
It can flick a man off his feet like
they killed our King.
You can see video of such cannons hurling droplets with the weight of 400-pound gorillas,
cleaning sidewalks and city streets of people
like the black of them is a stain to be removed
with all the reverence afforded to dead leaves and animal shit.
Life is a curious thing.
Animal feces are essential in the spreading and germination of some seeds.
The decay of dead things feeds the tallest trees and the deepest grass roots.
Water hoses can also bring the fluid of life to the most barren of places.
Did you know,
that the stench of feces and decaying things is flammable?
Keep killing us.
Keep shitting on us.
You are only making us stronger,
and eventually there will not be enough material
to create the hoses
to contain the water
to put out our flame!
~Christopher Michael (Persona Non Grata, 2015)
Sometimes Angels give up their wings to live among us.
Perhaps they envy life among us dirt preferring green grass, over gold streets.
I know an Angel
and even with out her forfeited feathered phalanges she floats into a room she’s super…
like the super soft naps on her crown
she’s a queen.
Forsakes her wings but hides her halo in her smile.
Heaven hovers in her words.
She encourages me with just a hello .
Her hugs warm me from the inside out.
But The problem with pure personalities preferring to be people playing in the dirt
is that the soil our souls sit in has been corrupted,
subjected to frailties since the fall.
If we’re not fighting our flesh
it’s fighting us,
all out war!
The Geneva Convention should consider cancer a war crime.
A weapon of mass destruction .
The only counter attacks we have poisons the very ground we’re trying to take back.
Chemo causes the crowns of kings and queens to crack and crumble.
Our earth has low self esteem
unable to accept better.
We have a tendency to reject the best.
Ask the Lamb and the Lion of Judah.
Maybe her body is rejecting her,
is too good
This poem was written a few years ago for a friend fighting cancer. She won that war!! Now another friend needs these words.
With all the bags you have,
with everything that weighs you down,
why would you burden yourself with someone else's?
Why are you carrying the hate of someone who never crossed you
for a friend who let it go a handful of blue moons ago?
You must be so tired.
That bag you carry is like a black hole
but infinitely hallow.
Let it go!
How do you touch any one with those calloused hands...
and enjoy it?
The weight of bag straps have elongated your fingers making it easier for you to point the blame
fueled by the half truth
completely skewed perception
of what you think happened.
Till the gravity of those bags severed your finger tips.
You hold on to those bags even though its pointless.
I don't know you
or care enough about you to have this conversation face to face
but I hope this speech will reach someone I do care about
and don't know they're endanger of severed finger tips.
will get the
Note: This was written a while back after reading someones FaceBook post (I think). Someone was hating on someone by proxy.