Written by Mel Brake

Alive but brain dead
Forget where you came from
Black but cross the other side
of the cracks and never coming back

Once you talked to me
Now you talked down to me

Once you walked with me
Now you run away from me

For years you hated the Man
Preached about his sins
Thy eyes had seen the coming of the glory of the Lord
Taught me to hate the Man too
But now you sleep in the White House
In his bed with his wife

Like the living dead on life support
Heart removed Faustian bargain
Visions and judgments blurred
And told me to pull myself up with my bootstraps
A life of struggles lived
But now a distant memory
If remembered at all

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:
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