black questions

Black Questions

by Abdulrahman M. Abu-Yaman

BLACK QUESTIONS

Adam planted his right foot

on face of the globe and created Africa

he spewed on the spot

and we grew from the crust

we sprouted robust

just like the locust

boisterous and burly

with biceps and triceps

blossoming and blooming

and they keep wondering how.

how?

the darker the loam,

the bumper the harvest

the more squalid the soil,

the richer the reap.

asking why our skin is

as crude as clay

crude?

our crude oil was, but

they didn’t complain

instead they dug and drilled

deep down under-

ground

in quest for the holy grail

clay?

is it a crime of progenies

to take after their progenitors

in feature and texture?

then if not, take it as DNA proof

that we’re no doubt the sons of

our father who was fashioned from

clay as well

questioning why our culture is

raw and thick

raw?

our raw materials were, but

they didn’t complain

instead they dug and drilled

deep down under-

ground

in quest for the holy grail

thick?

that should be a compliment

thick is impenetrable

thick is solid

thick is a sheet

thick is melanin

melanin is natural

tanning is artificial

astonished how we got

our wits and wisdom

wits?

our ancestors had more,

speaking of the Moors

go back and read on the

history of Alkebulan before

it became Africa

wisdom?

go back and read on the

legend of Timbuktu and the

flourish of Kush and then you

will see that

we inherited strong genes

from our point of origin

genes unsoiled from slavery

genes unadulterated through colonialism

any more questions?

(silence)

that’s what I thought!

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