Click (The Junior Black Mafia)

Ain’t nobody fresher than my muthaf*ckin’
Clique, clique, clique, clique, clique

Hook line from a song
that describes my 18- year nephew
He is a crew member in more than
one click

Their loyalty is greater than
his ignorance
Their willingness to please
them is greater than
his love for himself and his purpose and reason
Their code of silence is greater than
the inner voice of God that calls him

Ain’t nobody fresher than my muthaf*ckin’
Clique, clique, clique, clique, clique

Pressure from the click
like the pressure on the cap of a Pepsi
holding the real him down
like the Jinn in a bottle

Criticize and judge and worried
calling him weak-minded and a pussy

Ain’t nobody fresher than my muthaf*ckin’
Clique, clique, clique, clique, clique

But what clicks are holding me
and others down

The man on the job who insists
that we pray in public during lunch
and eat only a Chick- fil-A
when I am spiritual and hate those
fagot hating whore-mongers

The people who are members
of country and golf clubs and social clubs
to make connections and live
plastics and Stepford Wives existences

The people who are church and private members
who are pressured to wear expensive
clothes and make large donations and attend conferences
and please the pastors and leaders

Ain’t nobody fresher than my muthaf*ckin’
Clique, clique, clique, clique, clique

Are own clicks better than
my nephews

Will he outgrown and graduate from his clicks
if they do not put him back in jail
in a hospital or kill me

Will be hooked by one of ours

the work click
the church click
the white peoples’ click
the suburban click
the college click
the black upwardly mobile click
the Mason Prince click
the elitist click

Will he grow up to sing My Way or
a grown up version of

Ain’t nobody fresher than my muthaf*ckin’
Clique, clique, clique, clique, clique

About melbrake

Mel Brake is an awarding winning Philadelphia based poet/singer/song writer, whose poetry has appeared in several media outlets and journals, including Philadelphia Poets 2007, 2008 and 2009, Mad Poets Review, Fox Chase Review, and The Philadelphia Bulletin. In addition, Long Island Sounds: An Anthology of Poetry, Writing Outside The Lines (WOSTL) Anthology, Word Riot Magazine, The New Verse News, Word Salad Magazine and Poetry Ink 2010 has published his works. Recently, his band, the Mel Brake Family Band performed a benefit concert at Cross Road Café in Delaware County. He is the Founder and Executive Director of MPW, a non-profit organization, focusing on using the arts to reach children in the Tri-state area. In addition, his first chapbook, “Obama Poetry Project” is available at: MelBrakEpress.blogspot.com.
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