Throwback performance

Anthony Morales, Black Poets Speak Out @Split This Rock, 2016


western grebes are ill

rushing ceremony

blink; heal upon sacred touch/face blush/as body flushes out grief shame doubt/no question what you are about/crown open claim clarity brother lucker/mask on laugh now cry later/these tears don’t come in packets of artificial fructose flavor/screams got concentrated sodium/veins bursting blood pressure/either smiling or scowling/heart still alive/place palm on chest/establish cyclical breath/natural rise/steady pace/growing past set final stretch/have not reached regression yet/ever ripening maturity/artisanal cure/hand crafted personal blend/seasoned each session with secretive spells/sculpted by sunrise or streetlight/every bird saw was god on scene/impeccable fragility/deliver spirit willingly/move according to blood veen diagram/overlapping agenda/elegant execution/ruby throated resurrection/tame instinct attack instant/passive resistance/damming demise/crested courage/tufted temerity/top billed brink/true footed duty/cannot depend on cookie preservatives/scorching burner or cold floor in booking will learn quick/can’t carry weight of previous delays into new day/brand new rebirth into destiny/searching for lost scraps/when picture been staring back/wherever want to go/along for bumpy ride/home is ultimate destination/can’t determine when arrive/in your time/not mine/so if late/let me be/punctual eventual/when meant to see/scream triumphant a si!!!!!/leave box behind/step light/run on water/ten steps flapping/take off soar/gone next flight


been gone

enough; basta
            after dumb shit, end of always fronting

reaper profits
christmas bonus from our demise

evil will turn righteous spirit into zombie slaves

hard to behave
pacing in a cage
trapped by funky morals

which way do you grow
when shadows attached to shoulders

heart colder than
wind on wet naked skin

hugs craving human touch
if alone
a smile can reconnect

laughing at our tragic situation
such oblivious ignorance

passionate action requires
responsibility of heavenly presence

won’t communicate unless we can hear
clear conversation

tempting rushed judgement
we don’t see true representation

only angry archetypes
in search of stereotypical satisfaction

hatred distracts from core issues
missing point
reach for convenient scapegoat

soothe your confused soul
barely hanging by thinning scalp

sculpt statues out of doubt boulders
conference at crooks cypher
repatriate their pockets

thieves think tank
why fingers so sticky
at neverending feast ever full

assassins steal god’s light
for capital contracts spending
currency that couldn’t come back

revenge got us
losing pinky toes and stubby thumbs

until all that is left
is middle one

flipping off kindness
switch so eyes focused on faith

can barely feel our way through dark
so gloomy morning might not shine

reminded by mission
declaring gift to universe

what shall you offer to lift your fellow brother
how can you support your beautiful sister

we all pray towards the sun
on this tiny planet
earth we living


respeck on mi nombre

.950 radical invasion

if this ain’t the one/then guess better clap another/yes peace, good brother/no harm/humble jewels after hacked horror/picture much larger/than 4 block radius/who hates us/worst than cracked reflection/change perception/alignment severe crooked critical/in that red zone/barely looking to score/no thirst this evil/prowling for your quiet/cooped up on couch/damaged dungeon/salte de ahi/mystery turtle shell/cat hiss/wing flap/snake bite/bark; don’t fuck with anger/spoiled standard/superstar substance/trash in abundance/recognize displeasure/see your scars/mine got slit yesterday/wanted to heal since/honored chosen/recovery from broken family slow motion/explosion shards of invisible glass/beneath heart/admit/vida did not happen/anyway planned/if this magic/is blind fuckup/you lucky/piece of beautiful wonder/clown strings can’t stand/what been pulling/dull nail pounds hammer/in wisdom’s cavity/severe insanity/floundering lack of focus/scattered distracted/all lines dead/entire poetry discography/easily available/ask/so what if you don’t know me/fam & hood call me tony/but it is mr anthony morales to you buddy/props but fux the recognition/how willing are you to love/not judge/tell me que soy feo/if looking ugly

don't worry/i'm alive

hasty dip (109/exit 11/noble & lafayette/60th)

unlimited entrances/101 exits/what’s the strategy to maintain/leave me be/let leaves fall in early autumn/at your very highest/faint heard death calling/won’t pick up phone/until no more love available/addiction is flesh eating scavenger/eager for empty mind to get wasted/bring your own brave beverage/above average rage/sinks below barest minimum wage/acting like never attended one of those sessions/screamed ay dios mio after smacked/osity had you like/frog tongue/midget trumpet/pin the uh the pin/thee but uh thee to the bee/only you can laugh at joke no one else will find funny/guy like you someday gonna go somewhere/found sitting on chopped trunk/counting rings/wandering watching stream filter/further north/crown to calloused corn/how so gone but never left/left as if always stay/stay like no place else to see/saw who else except me/still smoking sour in search of first time taste/so many wild mistakes/new & improved management/could handle today/might switch manana into blueprint for sustainable future/urgent list of priorities/failed to accomplish/abstract objective/creating legacy/while allowing healing/never was your fault/you did nothing wrong