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Puttin’ on the Dog (for “Corner Girl”)

Is my shit correct?
Is my vine correct?
Are my kicks country or correct?
Is my “do” down?Is my shit correct?Is my rusty black diction correct?
Should my ever more erudite
utterances be in “The Vernacular?”
Should my presentation be
theatrical and spectacular?Is my shit correct?

Should my manner be mannered
and laid back?
Is my poetry Posey?
Does it go to too far into haute couture
Does it come from hard facts
and Fanon,
or does it refer repeatedly
to The Canon trippin’
in Trickster Mode, tryin’
to Trope-A-Dope????

Is my shit correct?

But, hey, black poetry’s got more
than one good way.
The other day I asked a young Blood
poet if my stuff was correct, if it was
He said, Breaklight becomes dawn,
Ol’ Head.  The word “happenin”
ain’t happenin’, ain’t “where it’s at.”
Today it’s on. Word!
Our work is all that.







Is your shit correct?
Is your manner be mannered and laid back?
When breaklight becomes dawn are you in Trickster Mode tryin’ to Trope-A-Dope
or are you On?  




About tenthltr2u (1074 Articles)
A child of the 60's I often feel out of place in the world as it exist today. Too much excess, too much materialism, too few people who genuinely care or give a damn. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

8 Comments on Puttin’ on the Dog (for “Corner Girl”)

  1. You are really somethin’ else!  This is fabulous.  Your words keep taking me back.  This piece is "happenin’".  Young bloods don’t know.  This brought on a smile.  Thanks.  Remember "The Mack"?  Peace.


  2. OMG!!!  Vine??!!!  Goodness gracious!  Peace.


  3. Is my shit correct?
    I believe so ain’t no other way for it to be but correct. Any other way expend too much time, effort and energy.
    Peace, stay blessed.


  4. Fabulicious One,
    Not everyone is s bold or as upfront as you are.  They would rather expend the energy "fakin’ the funk."


  5. wordsmith,
    Who could forget the Mack?  Takes us back – show you right!


  6. Master blogster 🙂


  7. powerlegs351 // June 17, 2011 at 1:37 pm // Reply

    I LOVE IT!


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