LIGHTWERKER. HEALER. MASTER TEACHER. MUSICIAN. VIDEOGRAPHER. ARTIST. LINGUIST. ATLANTEAN. WRITER. CREATOR. PEACE-MAKER. INNOVATOR. KENDRICKS.
Born into this world, no one ever told me
That behind my skin color, there was a story
A privilege that I was to uphold, like an honoree
‘Till that day that I am called onto glory
Born into this world, I did not know the mystery
As to why it was uncomfortable to learn my own history
Which, if we’re all the same, seems kind of contradictory
Because in a true land of the free, all play a part in the victory
I started to wonder, what sparks this flame
One nation under God, but yet I’m still not the same
As you, what caused this view?
And why has this been allowed to continue?
Saying that the scope of my taste is less than savory
And that my history started out with slavery
Tried to rebut by saying they were trying to save me
From an African life that apparently redefined the term “hazy”
Built the country on my back, then had the nerve to call me lazy
Said I wasn’t good enough, so they had to trade me
Saw a woman crying the other day, screaming out “they laid me”
Tried to justify his wrongs, saying that “they paid me”
And if you deny the words I say then I call you crazy
Don’t play me
That was my predecessors’ lives in a stanza
Let me say this one thing before you freak out in a bonanza:
What I spoke of earlier, you know that mystery?
I later realized is just a door that requires 4 keys
4 keys that lives inside of everyone you see
4 keys that require discipline before mastery
Now how do these keys work, you might ask?
Let me break it down for you, it’s really a simple task
The first key is knowledge let be known,
That you will not accept the atrocities that have been shown
The benefits of education have an undying list
No one can rob of you of that which your education consists
It’s there for you if you seize it, when any problem persists
But you can’t fight a war you don’t know exists
So take it, don’t resist; raise your consciousness
The next key is understanding - do you comprehend?
The knowledge you’ve absorbed, or does it fade away like a trend?
Or stipend, that you spent in a week
The knowledge can fix the leak
But it’s up to you to make the amends
Meditate on it, to gain clarity in the message it sends
Because of the nature of your soul is nothing to pretend
The life of the spirit does not end
Outside the classroom
It follows you from the womb into the tomb
So make some room
The third key is wisdom
Can you apply
Your knowledge and understanding to make others fly?
So high in the sky?
Don’t be shy
To say that education is only for self is a lie
Share it with those who are far and nigh
Because the fact of the matter is, we all need each other
Triumph through the struggle is dependent on one another
So please get over the petty name, background, and color
-ism, unless you want to be stuck inside the prism
Of monotony that disallows us to go forth
Into the promised land, this is the fourth
Key, which is labeled “unity”
Justice and peace, for you and me.
Written by Kamal Kendricks – 03.01.14ad