Kaepernick

Kaepernick

A Poem by Asante.

Inked into the fabric of the flag
was the fact
that some of you and I
are three-fifths of a man,
less than half a woman,
so he took a seat
as a defiant stance
against the hands that paint us
as both deserving victim
and hooded enemy--

I'm yet to go to war
for situations I won't change..
enslaved to public opinion
both noose and chains remain..
if all had come together
long before we stood in pride,
maybe
stars and stripes
would be more meaningful
to him and I..

© 2016 Asante.



Author's Note

Asante.
Freedom to agree; freedom to disagree. It was always as simple.

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I hear ya. So right, well expressed. I think this is true for more than one country, actually many.
I interpret this for myself, if only a few individuals are chosen to lead a mass and represent the voices of many, it always ends up in a mess at some point. We are only a bunch of egoists trying to guide the very same, the right you described in your note gets lost on the way because we cannot be but act upon and from our innated ego, a natural survival instinct though. Society like social forms only exist to further exist, from a somewhat psychological/biological pov, we'll always be at war. Just my way too pessimistic and rational/sober thoughts on this. From another less radical pov you're right it seems so simple and should still be a goal to accomplish.
Whatever. Anarchy! Lol. Jk. Thoughtful poem, as always very well worded.

(When I tried to write about the frictions of my country it ended up way worse in terms of expressions..you did well.)

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Asante.

3 Weeks Ago

You know, I appreciate that pov. It brings to mind something I'd heard listening to Neil deGrasse Ty.. read more
Βανέσα

3 Weeks Ago

I appreciate you sharing this quote. It speaks volumes and yes, I agree. I'm glad I didn't come off .. read more



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I hear ya. So right, well expressed. I think this is true for more than one country, actually many.
I interpret this for myself, if only a few individuals are chosen to lead a mass and represent the voices of many, it always ends up in a mess at some point. We are only a bunch of egoists trying to guide the very same, the right you described in your note gets lost on the way because we cannot be but act upon and from our innated ego, a natural survival instinct though. Society like social forms only exist to further exist, from a somewhat psychological/biological pov, we'll always be at war. Just my way too pessimistic and rational/sober thoughts on this. From another less radical pov you're right it seems so simple and should still be a goal to accomplish.
Whatever. Anarchy! Lol. Jk. Thoughtful poem, as always very well worded.

(When I tried to write about the frictions of my country it ended up way worse in terms of expressions..you did well.)

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Asante.

3 Weeks Ago

You know, I appreciate that pov. It brings to mind something I'd heard listening to Neil deGrasse Ty.. read more
Βανέσα

3 Weeks Ago

I appreciate you sharing this quote. It speaks volumes and yes, I agree. I'm glad I didn't come off .. read more
You really summed it all up very eloquently. Especially "...against the hands that paint us
as both deserving victim
and hooded enemy--". I think that was a very clever way of putting it.


Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Asante.

1 Month Ago

Pleasured knowing you took the time to read this, Joan. Thanks a lot for your words, too.
Hello old friend, I enjoyed this immensely. The conflict is tangible.

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Asante.

2 Months Ago

Aloha, Jay. :)

Been a minute -- I'm glad you felt this one. x
With everything going on the world, it seems like you put into words what a lot of us are thinking. It's like damned if you do or damned if you don't, i'm glad you found a way to dexterously free your mind. Beautiful writing !

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Asante.

3 Months Ago

I appreciate those words of yours! Relevance was the key for me. Thanks, sister. Blessings.
Tight-lipped, o-shaped exhale after reading this one.
You're not wrong, man. Bold voice demonstrated in this one. Never lose it; it acts as a flashlight for your readers. & we appreciate it.

Well done,

Phoenix

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Asante.

4 Months Ago

Just continuing the conversation, man; beginning it altogether, in some cases. I'm equal parts honor.. read more
Many can hold a country's flag but few can truly know the real weight of it. Maybe our country painted those red stripes with the blood taken from their enemies, I guess we'll never know for sure. A extremely good poem, like always. I really enjoyed this writing.

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Asante.

4 Months Ago

Beautiful commentary, and easily something to think about. I'm really glad that you resonate with th.. read more
This is very true. Sadly it feels like our voices are lost when it comes to the views of the majority. Indeed this country could be a much better place if in the past American's had acted differently. We were suppose to be a place where anyone could go to for acceptance, but look at what happened. Hate around every corner. Well worded Sante, this really does strike a nerve with the issue. Great work :)

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Asante.

4 Months Ago

Well spoken yourself, Amber! We haven't come as far as some would say we have, even if we aren't as .. read more
That' what I call real human. I am touched.
Surprisingly everywhere if you look a bit deeply into them, all societies ,countries and cultures suffer from divisions. Some times we pay a heavy price even we don't realize. Even in countries where freedom of speech is there, I don't think it is actually there. Sometime back, I was ached to hear some prominent person saying that, these sections will thrive and you will have more divisions in future.
A very nicely crafted thought. Well done! :-):-):-)


Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Asante.

4 Months Ago

Wonderfully worded, Bala. Truly, that response resonated with me on a deep level; I couldn't agree a.. read more
I lovelovelove this. Unfortunately, racism and assumptions are ingrained in america's DNA. It is unjust and absolutely abhorrent that american citizens live completely different versions of life in the same exact cities and towns. Thank you for writing this. It is very well done and it is very important. I still hope that, as the younger generations replace the older ones, equality for all can one day come to fruition. One day. But every day that passes is too long of a wait. Well done!

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Asante.

4 Months Ago

A beautifully sobering commentary on your part! I love your perspective no less than you loved mine,.. read more
Gaia Octavia

4 Months Ago

It was my pleasure ☺
I think your author's note says it best. Takes courage to do something you believe in when it's the unpopular thing to do but if it's important enough to you then you've got to do it.

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Asante.

4 Months Ago

Thanks for reading, as well as the words, Ana. x
Completely agreed, by the way. If progress i.. read more
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4 Months Ago

You're welcome. :)

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