Poem: For Nostalgia’s Sake
(Poetry by Vickie Brent-Touray, Sept. 1, 2015 ed)
On Friday, January 12th, 8:30 A.M., 4TH FLOOR MATERNITY WARD, RM 418, bed B,
Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital, to Joyce Marie —
while Silas Brent played his last hand of Bid Whist— a hazelnut colored bundle of vehement lungs heralded her own arrival,
and Just in time for the REAL party.
Cousin CD’s flawless helmet of Black glory:
A perfect addition to his formidable ensemble of
Polyester Freedom Bells and shiny Black leather.
An impeccable goatee encircled a boiling cauldron that spew his Rhetoric in politic.
His rhetoric could singe the very kernel of every Disenfranchised Disillusioned
And absolutely oppressed or depressed heart in a surrounding 50 mile radius.
Daddy had a Silver Bullet:
A 1972 Cadillac Coupe de Ville
with a diamond in the back, sun-roofed top
We were diggin’ in the scene with a gangsta lean-
It was the perfect chariot for our Saturday— or Sunday drive.
Every other day it was G.M.C. Truck and Bus for him, but on our day,
the heat rays rode the airways right into the sun roofed top
The leather seats melted underneath my skinny legs and we were breathin’ soouuup.
“Ooh…mercy, mercy me…”
it was Mama, fanning herself in the heat-
and Marvin from the Deluxe 8-Track Deck.
Parliament Funkadelic—barking like Dogs…
Earth, Wind and Fire—crooning like a woman…
Little Michael Jackson—pleading’ like a grown man… and Aretha Franklin,
wailing like a woman with a broken heart.
We could hardly wait till Friday!
Fish Fry and Bid Whist for them
meant we were up long enough to watch Good Times House FULL!
Give me a fish sandwich Joyce!
Eloise, will you get that hollin baby!
Oooh, Mercy, Mercy meeee…
Sing Marvin baby Sing!
Aunt Magg says “Somebody check on the kids” Nigga…nah you know you cheatin’!
Light some incense and pass me dem papers!
People drinkin’ People laughin’ People dancin’ People cursin’ People jivin’ People lovin’ People livin’ People bein’
Bein’ Black…bein’ beautiful…and just bein’
Check out the upcoming poetry event on Sept 4 in Pontiac…………..
Yaktown Poets Revue Sept. 4
WORD ON THE STREET IS….
The Yaktown Poets Revue: Labor Day Edition! is gonna be DOPE, FLY, a BEAAAST! It’s an 80’s themed SPOKEN WORD EXTRAVAGANZA for the Sho’nuff Grown and Sexy, Fabulous and FLYY!!!!!
Get your boom box, bamboo earrings, FAT gold chains and ADIDAS polished up, ’cause its going DOOOOOWWWWNNNN at The Yaktown Poets Revue:Labor Day Edition!
When: Friday, September 4th, 2015 from 8-11 pm (or something like that wink emoticon!
Where: The Art Experience 175 S Saginaw St, Pontiac, Michigan 48342
+++++ with a Performance by Detroit’s own B Boy: Falah Falah Salaam Cannon w/ DJ Frecks on the wheels of steel!!!
THis event is STRICTLY for the Sho’nuff Grown and Sexy, Fabulous and FLYYY!! The Yaktown Poets are gearing up for the 4th Revue! This revue will take place at The Art Experience in downtown Pontiac! Get ready for a WELL DESERVED GROWN FOLK night of Spoken Word, Open Mic, Live Performers, Music, Food AND Drinks! Get a sitter for the baby and leave the dog with a friend, ’cause it’s GOING DOWN!!!
***MILD (8-9:30) and SPICY 9:30-11) Set!