Aug. 19, 2016

Get On The One

DEATH BE NOT PROUD 
FOR IN THE END 
LIFE'S ETERNAL PATH
TOWARDS THE ONE
WHO CAN BE DEFINED AS THE SON
WILL INSURE THE RACE WE RUN
IS ENDED BY THE WINNER’S GUN
WE ARE IN THIS RACE UNTIL THE END  
CHOOSE THE ONE YOU ARE DESTINED TO WIN 
WE ALL MUST ATONE FOR OUR SINS 
OUR FINAL VICTORY HAS YET TO BEGIN
WE CHOOSE THE ONE OUR VICTORY IS ASSURED AGAIN

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Today, I spent a few moments seating beside my only living uncle as he was making the transition from this realm of life to the next stage. That stage that we all we eventually must undertake as we go from a conscious living human being to the spirit of man. The spiritual transition I feel that allows us to interact with those of our ancestors, family members, and friends who have already taken that journey.  As I sat in the hospital room my Uncle Eddie seemingly oblivious to my actual presence in the room. For those 120 minutes that I seat as he laid my mind was racing with the memories of how this man impacted my life in so many positive ways. I felt sorta sad that I was not truly able to really thank him for what he did for me. Although, I feel he probably didn’t feel that he has impacted my life at all. You see as a young child my daddy, his brother, used to pack the car up with myself and two of my siblings and take us to Northern Neck for what he called “country conditioning”, that was his way of also getting a break from having a least 3 fewer children in the home. He never forced us to go so my two older brothers were free to enjoy the summers in the city of B’more while my sister, my brother and myself were shipped to Virginia.  

My sister  and I stayed with Uncle Eddie and his late wife Annie while my other brother stayed across the field with my father’s Aunt Martha.  The very first times I can remember staying with Eddie and Annie they were a younger couple late 20’s early 30’s and it was a wonderful time. I feel that seeing them interact as a couple allowed me to formulate how a successful marriage should look like . They adored each other and showed a public attraction towards each other that I hadn’t seen with my own Mom and Dad who were older and not inclined to show public attraction towards each other.  I when to visit Eddie and Annie each summer, as well as during my winter school break each and every year. Until of course, I started smelling myself and demanding a say in how my summers should go. I think that occurred around my 15th birthday. So from age 8 to age 15 Uncle Eddie and Annie were the go-to summer family unit I experienced in Northern Neck. Now, you must understand my father had 8 other brothers and 2 sisters but he trusted us only with Uncle Eddie the youngest of his brothers, why I don’t know. I did get to spend time with my other uncles and aunts but the reality is that Eddie and Annie became my summer parents for 7 years. So, yes those years were formative and eventful years for me as well as them because black people were coming of age and seeking their voices. My Uncle Eddie was involved and engaged in his community. He was an avid supporter of his church, Mount Zion Baptist, and he also directed the activities of the Westmoreland County Rescue Squad. He could fix any car’s problems, and he drove this sweet Chevy Light Blue Impala that I absolutely loved to jump in the back seat with my sister as we would go to the Tastee Freeze in Montross, Virginia. Man, I loved those trips and the understanding engaged smile of my Uncle Eddie. He’d come home from work with the smell of oil, gasoline from working on engines at his job. However, no matter how his day was at the shop. It never reflected on his face when he came home.  That’s one of the things I distinctly remember.  He had a calmness about him that drew you into a sense that he lived in grace and power.

Today, I went back to that memory. As I thought my thoughts two things rushed across my mind death and James Brown’s goal of always finding the “one” when he developed his musical hits. Why, would that come across my mind?  Well, death was a natural thought because of when I was at that particular moment, but why James Brown?  Well. it was the grace that appeared on my Uncle Eddie’s face, the calmness, the sincerity that he displayed. He didn’t say a word to me, nor did he even open his eyes. Yet, I felt that my Uncle Eddie had indeed found that key element that secured the hit in life, “the one”. I don’t know if you can understand what I am saying but we all search in life to secure THE ONE”. Some of else look in places and never get that feeling revealed ever. Some of us are lucky enough to find THE ONE and latch on to it as we live our lives day to day. Those of us who find THE ONE, it isn’t one thing it is a complex combination of a number of interlocking elements that allow you inner peace and sincerity, for James Brown, it was a musical element that was necessary for him to get his desired musical talents integrated into hits. For those not in the musical world THE ONE, is those elements of your life family, friends, career, spiritual solidity, and emotional and physical well-being are intertwined and interlocked to the axis points of elevated thought. It was that feeling that I had with my Uncle Eddie this afternoon that motivated my thoughts to this poetic creative expressive thought. Here it goes:

Death, you think you stand there tall
Death, you think you have caused this fall
Death, do you know I already made a serious call
You what Death, I avoid your fall
You know what Death, It is I who stand tall
Death, you see when I made my call 
Death, It guaranteed your fall
Death, I chose life, the life I lead
You know what Death I learned from The One’s book I read
You what Death, someone really important bleed
So Death comes on at it, I do not dread
You see Death, on his words in which I fed
Throughout my life, I sought the one
Throughout my life, I caught THE SON
So, Death guess what my victory is won
The weight you sent lifted off like there was none
You see Death, His LIGHT made an eternal sun
The light so bright, Death, you are done
You know what Death, I refused to run
I looked at Death and saw no one
You see, Death, I partnered with THE ONE
I lived my life with grace and power
I even enjoyed the smell of the flowers
You see Death, you failed at making me sour
Guess what Death, I headed to the highest tower
My eternal life death will be devoid of any rush hour 
You see Death, I used all of my brainpower
THE ONE, you see is the ultimate superpower
He loads us up with 1000’s in horsepower
This means, Death, I refuse to cower
You see Death, I backed up with The One’s firepower
So Death, don’t think you stand so tall
That THE ONE doesn’t recognize your fall
You see DEATH, he makes that final call
The message DEATH is plastered on every wall
It brightly signaled on the world’s largest mall
If you choose THE ONE oh wow, what a ball
You see DEATH, that’s why I sit easy
You see DEATH, my deeds in life were never sleazy
You see DEATH, it’s you right now who is uneasy
From me DEATH, this transition is breezy.

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