Makings of a Joint (Love Poem to Spike Lee Movies)
Chileeeeeeeeeeeee it’s these
Brooklyn streets and brownstones
Air Jordan’s stompin’ in the bodega’s,
Like the sounds of that step show
Long as the jazz solo’s cutting through the
Cig’s smokin’ the room, a brighter day
the fire hydrant fountains and
aunties in the windows
wino’s speaking facts
Black Fists and the mother land
On every thang. Roll calls
Of black creatives
Deaths. With. Depth.
Those Are My Joints.
They had me at,
Please baby, please baby
Please baby baby please
D motherfucker, D. Learn to Speak English First.
My People My people
What Can I Say, Say what Can I?
Have you lost your natural mind
As well as your soul?
I may have been born yesterday,
but I stayed up all night.
I ain’t no puta, I keep my panty clean
Cause mo’ betta makes it mo betta
We didn’t land on Plymouth rock
Plymouth Rock landed on us…
So up close and personal,
Low to the ground
Dolly shottin up the block,
Parallelism, is umm
Giving me French new wave
Making it new, spinning the camera
Spinning the room, dizzy thoughts
swarming the screen.
Issa Culture for the culture
Fight the power, Harlem Blues
I’m building me a home,
Tapping my shoe
to the Excuse me please
your majesty I chance this
Lift every voice and sing
Ooh child things are gonna be easier
Someday we’ll all be free
Straight and nappy, talkin’
Bout good and bad hair
Doin’ da butt…. Oh yeah?
Bustin’ down the fourth wall,
Please Wake Up
Racial slurs staring the camera down
Hitting everybody’s body
Colorful, color full of every
Brown shade, and skin black
as sharps and flats
Some white, and shirts bright
For our focus, are you down for that?
Denzel, Sam Jack, Giancarlo, Bill Nunn
Ossie and Ruby, Roger, Eric, Joie Lee. The regulars,
Who made them regular,
Raheimin’ the radio,
Tina dancing my passion,
Mookie, Bleek and the magic lips
Nola ain’t she darlin.
Shadow, troy, Half-pint, Dap, Gator and Flipper.
Sal and Da mayor, Mother Sister
Mars Blackmon, Mister Señor Love Daddy
And that’s the truth Ruth.
Thank you, for all your blessings.
Inspiring a generation for generations,
With the joints I can feel in my joints
Making me need a joint.
Hydration, the water that makes me feel brand new.
Keeps me functioning normally.
Can’t go without the nectar that makes my surface clear.
Balance, it reaches every part of me.
A burst of energy whenever it kisses my mouth.
Without I’d be no good to anyone. I’d be
absent from everything around me.
You, take away my headaches.
Everything toxic is now gone,
Because of you and what you do for me.
I appreciate everything about you, and
You take care of me.