Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)


Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)


Article excerpt

I got reasons

reasons for war

reasons for inner peace


for my reasoning

it ain't random

you can put it on the margin

call it fringe

it's a matter of the matter

ya condition is in

or the paradigm ya

lens is in

if its crazy to be sane


you know

how a double

consciousness go

walking and wounded

wounded still walking

behind the veil


I got my reasons


why I flaunt my nappy hair

still think in Ebonics

fluent in my overstanding of

the lens in ya literacy

and i still be me

got my reasons

why I don't care bout

ya reasons

season after season

it looks the same

it ain't geography that's

easy to see

its beyond the lie of race

it's not nuanced in class

(I pray ya the last of a dying

breed) cuz I

can't explain the greed

what kind of fear

prompts that kind of need

but I see it

and I reason

I don't matter

so I stay brave

enough to smell rain coming

get my news from the dead

eat well

sleep on clean sheets

and wear oils of lavender and frankincense

while I can

I reason time belongs to God

and you are



you got ya reasons

I guess to be confused

manipulating thangs

the way you do

what's a lie told

over and over

it's the truth

broadcast it and

make it divine

but season

after season

I resist the

change necessary

to see through your


I got my reasons

with this target

on my back

I lack the motivation

to see how you reason

your rationales

decide ya bottom lines

devise ya acceptable collateral

damage tolerance

I got little tolerance

for ignorance

and reasons

not to trust you

done studied you thru Tuskegee

and the subways

don't trust you on the airways

seen you thru the haze

covering the high ways

as you follow the oil pipe ways

seen you

my eyes were open

(heard you plotting death

and everyone's destruction)

my ears were open

(God don't forgive em

they don't care what

dem do)

feel you wining

when I'm quiet

so I got reasons

to scream

I got reasons

to sleep eyes open

I got reasons

not to forget you

jailer keys jangling from the

belt below your fat belly

I remember them dumb

(its true you eat your young)

big ass eco foot prints

yes and ships



weapons of mass destruction

and doctrine

manifesting ya reasons

to suit ya actions

I got reasons to

fear your secret thoughts

and your out loud lies

got reasons

to hit ya with the stank eye

while keeping my good eye on you

got reasons

to say ju ju when you pass

spit in the road and burn herbs

where are the souls that

should show though the eyes

I fear the reality

behind your disguise

I got reasons

to pray to old Gods

got reasons to

read more than the gospel

(yeah though I live in

in Babylon where idiots do

get they babble on)

got reasons to

teach my young to

beware merry go rounds

and lies about shiny things

that you pay for with ya soul

teaching em' to remember

no matter how it hurts

to know the truth

instructing them to

ward off evil

by working

hex the devil

by dreaming

saying to them

write poems

don't kill one another

even lyrically

love the old

protect the young

sharpen intellects

to sword points

to make my point

got reasons

to keep reasoning

with the tone deaf choir

(more fire aya)

until its

too late

for reason

reasoning or


[Author Affiliation]


Ayodele "WordSlanger" Nzinga

Oakland, California

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