Spotlighting Pan-African Poetry

Biography

Conversations with Bumble Bees On Earthday

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the latest buzz is
u can call it a crucifixion if u want to
but real talk says it was a straight up lynching
it’s up for grabs
whether or not it’s fiction
but judas was the snitch
we still be trying to figure out
what was good about good friday
moon of blood in the sky
ocean beds black with oil
gaia in need of triage
vomiting tsunami
the stench of retribution
karmic debt
the ying and yang of it
universe
out of balance
with itself
from nuclear disaster
we seek someone to twitter
to find the answer
for survival on the planet
why the bees are disappearing
pointing fingers
passing blame
naming names
for fifteen minutes of fame
like it’s a game
looking down the rabbit hole
as they level mountaintops
for coal
acting as if there’s no need for water
defying nature’s order
proselytizing 10 Commandments
ignoring Thou Shalt Not Kill
trying to comprehend
life’s cycles
Badu singing
“where’s my 42 Laws”

Ngoma Hill

Featured Poem:

This Poem is Free

Enlarge poem

but you may have paid to hear me read it
this poem is sovreign
it has no birth certificate
and does’nt give a damn
that it has no form
this poem wasn’t written for you
it wrote itself
this poem has no 3 minute rule
it wasn’t written for the slam
and it doesn’t give a damn about the score
this poem doesn’t care that it is political
and this is an erotic reading
this poem refuses to be porn on paper
this poem doesn’t care about your sex life
unless you’re taking it to bed
this poem has a complicated relationship with its’ 9 – 5
this poem doesn’t care about jesus
this poem wants to know
why you turned your back to your ancestors
to follow your oppressors religion
this poem doesn’t care if it pisses you off
it prides itself in controversy
this poem intends to trigger your critical thought
this poem thinks you should turn off the idiot box
and read a book
this poem doesn’t care about
kate and william, bill and hilary
michele and barack
or ben and fucking jerry
as far as that matters
this poem doesn’t care about
who you marry
once the knot is tied
it’s your damn problem
deal with it
this poem does not care that it
makes use of profanity
this poem thinks that there’s
nothing more profane than poverty
and wants to get paid
this poem is horny
and wants to get laid
this poem is for adults only
and not for your kids
this poem has arthritis
and wants to move to Cali
for medicinal weed
this poem is not the one written
by Mutabaruka
and won’t go on and on in your mind
what happens in this poem
stays in this poem
this poem is a baaaaad mutha
this poem is free

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Biography

Ngoma is a performance poet, multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter and paradigm shifter, residing in Harlem, New York. For over 40 years, he has used culture as a tool to raise sociopolitical and spiritual consciousness through work that encourages critical thought.

His poetry has been widely published including in African Voices Magazine, Long Shot Anthology, The Underwood Review, Signifyin’ Harlem Review, Bum Rush The Page/Def Poetry Jam Anthology and Poems On The Road To Peace (Volumes 1,2&3) Yale Press. He was featured in the PBS Spoken Word Documentary, The Apro-Poets with Allen Ginsberg.

Ngoma has also hosted the slam at the Dr. Martin Luther King Festival of Social and Environmental Justice Festival (Yale University-New Haven, CT) for the past 14 years. His CD Reflections (1964-2006) pays tribute to some of the activist and cultural workers whose shining example served as a beacon for his work as an artist.

His latest C.D. State of Emergency (The Essential Ngoma) is available on CDBaby.com and iTunes.com.

Ngoma Hill

Biography

Ngoma is a performance poet, multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter and paradigm shifter, residing in Harlem, New York. For over 40 years, he has used culture as a tool to raise sociopolitical and spiritual consciousness through work that encourages critical thought.

His poetry has been widely published including in African Voices Magazine, Long Shot Anthology, The Underwood Review, Signifyin’ Harlem Review, Bum Rush The Page/Def Poetry Jam Anthology and Poems On The Road To Peace (Volumes 1,2&3) Yale Press. He was featured in the PBS Spoken Word Documentary, The Apro-Poets with Allen Ginsberg.

Ngoma has also hosted the slam at the Dr. Martin Luther King Festival of Social and Environmental Justice Festival (Yale University-New Haven, CT) for the past 14 years. His CD Reflections (1964-2006) pays tribute to some of the activist and cultural workers whose shining example served as a beacon for his work as an artist.

His latest C.D. State of Emergency (The Essential Ngoma) is available on CDBaby.com and iTunes.com.

Conversations with Bumble Bees On Earthday

Enlarge poem

the latest buzz is
u can call it a crucifixion if u want to
but real talk says it was a straight up lynching
it’s up for grabs
whether or not it’s fiction
but judas was the snitch
we still be trying to figure out
what was good about good friday
moon of blood in the sky
ocean beds black with oil
gaia in need of triage
vomiting tsunami
the stench of retribution
karmic debt
the ying and yang of it
universe
out of balance
with itself
from nuclear disaster
we seek someone to twitter
to find the answer
for survival on the planet
why the bees are disappearing
pointing fingers
passing blame
naming names
for fifteen minutes of fame
like it’s a game
looking down the rabbit hole
as they level mountaintops
for coal
acting as if there’s no need for water
defying nature’s order
proselytizing 10 Commandments
ignoring Thou Shalt Not Kill
trying to comprehend
life’s cycles
Badu singing
“where’s my 42 Laws”

Featured Poem:

This Poem is Free

Enlarge poem

but you may have paid to hear me read it
this poem is sovreign
it has no birth certificate
and does’nt give a damn
that it has no form
this poem wasn’t written for you
it wrote itself
this poem has no 3 minute rule
it wasn’t written for the slam
and it doesn’t give a damn about the score
this poem doesn’t care that it is political
and this is an erotic reading
this poem refuses to be porn on paper
this poem doesn’t care about your sex life
unless you’re taking it to bed
this poem has a complicated relationship with its’ 9 – 5
this poem doesn’t care about jesus
this poem wants to know
why you turned your back to your ancestors
to follow your oppressors religion
this poem doesn’t care if it pisses you off
it prides itself in controversy
this poem intends to trigger your critical thought
this poem thinks you should turn off the idiot box
and read a book
this poem doesn’t care about
kate and william, bill and hilary
michele and barack
or ben and fucking jerry
as far as that matters
this poem doesn’t care about
who you marry
once the knot is tied
it’s your damn problem
deal with it
this poem does not care that it
makes use of profanity
this poem thinks that there’s
nothing more profane than poverty
and wants to get paid
this poem is horny
and wants to get laid
this poem is for adults only
and not for your kids
this poem has arthritis
and wants to move to Cali
for medicinal weed
this poem is not the one written
by Mutabaruka
and won’t go on and on in your mind
what happens in this poem
stays in this poem
this poem is a baaaaad mutha
this poem is free

How does this featured poem make you feel?

  • Amazement (1)
  • Pride (0)
  • Optimism (2)
  • Anger (0)
  • Delight (0)
  • Inspiration (1)
  • Reflection (1)
  • Captivation (0)
  • Peace (0)
  • Amusement (0)
  • Sorrow (0)
  • Vigour (0)
  • Hope (3)
  • Sadness (0)
  • Fear (0)
  • Jubilation (0)

Conversations with Bumble Bees On Earthday

Enlarge poem

the latest buzz is
u can call it a crucifixion if u want to
but real talk says it was a straight up lynching
it’s up for grabs
whether or not it’s fiction
but judas was the snitch
we still be trying to figure out
what was good about good friday
moon of blood in the sky
ocean beds black with oil
gaia in need of triage
vomiting tsunami
the stench of retribution
karmic debt
the ying and yang of it
universe
out of balance
with itself
from nuclear disaster
we seek someone to twitter
to find the answer
for survival on the planet
why the bees are disappearing
pointing fingers
passing blame
naming names
for fifteen minutes of fame
like it’s a game
looking down the rabbit hole
as they level mountaintops
for coal
acting as if there’s no need for water
defying nature’s order
proselytizing 10 Commandments
ignoring Thou Shalt Not Kill
trying to comprehend
life’s cycles
Badu singing
“where’s my 42 Laws”

Comments

Your email address will not be published.