I met you in 1999 in front of television Screen.
You were minister,
And thug life tattoos and
“Change the world” please,
And love mixed with troublesome hell fire
Years after your ashes drifted to sea.
Your following knew 0 bounds.
Us 9 year olds, knew little of you
Except what we saw on the news
You were legend before we could
Properly create times tables,
Yet our parents loved you,
Spewing every word before your thoughts entered cranium,
This was your gift,
Your hearse promised to you well before we ever met one another via LCD.
Did you ever feel swallowed up by coasts?
By the same body of water you were carried away on.
How did you know,
To record with no beat /
Countless evenings and album creations
With no sound,
Just so we could argue how
You never really left
(We often joked that you were on an island waiting to come back /
To stage the best return concert human eyes could see /
I was still waiting for it at the 10th anniversary
Of your shooting).
You are quite possibly the only rapper who could
Wear a nose ring and still be loved with it.
Did Brenda’s baby ever grow up?
Did she become revolutionary?
With Afro puff, black hat and
Black Panther chants,
Did she become knowledgeable on rape culture?
Or attempt to be better than her mother,
Or did she succumb to similar circumstances?
An entire country would love you unconditionally,
I would spend my youth wondering why it would take
And pistol clips for this is occur.
And even though Life Goes On,
And we learned from you that Only God Can Judge Us,
All Eyez Are Still on you,
When we ask
What are legends made out of.
Close week at work, I’ll catch up on both today
There’s like a million different ways to say “I love you.”
'Put your seat belt on.'
‘Watch your step.’
‘Get some rest.’
…you just gotta listen.
See previous post (25 things to do before you turn 25 Here ) to understand the title.
I’ve attempted all day to start
And finish a poem about how gorgeous
Your glow is, illuminating the darkest caves at 3am.
Perhaps I have struggled because it is something no logical sentence,
Could possibly explain.
You are wildfire wrapped in
In voiceless hurricane.
And if no one else notices just how amazing you are,