Rap is a contact sport.
Rap is the way he breathes.
In, and out. He releases everything he wanted to say to his deadbeat dad
Into the microphone.
His opinions about racial injustices he sees everyday, the corrupt government's justification for locking up and killing his brothers and sisters.
Rap is poetic,
A poet, who performs to music.
Poetry is rap. And rap is poetry.
So, enlighten me, what is poetry?
Poetry is the struggle.
Trying to find the right syntax for every sentence.
Late nights spent crying, when your rereading, noticing that your nightmares come to fruition in the form catcalls and an old man at a crack house telling you, "Baby, come here" as you walk to work.
Poetry is art.
The way you can physically style a poem in any matter you choose.
The different forms,
For example, haikus, sestinas, odes, prose, narrative, monologues, rap, spoken word and many, more, forms.
Poetry is a way to be an activist, a form of justice in a city full of injustices that we could name on our fingers and toes.
I can't write social justice.
Poetry is a work of art, that can be big, and small, never silent, loud as a lion
I ain't lyin.
Trying to be correct in grammar.
I am not lying, when I say going to an independent school is so damn hard.
But I'm armed,
With my pen and paper.
This is a poem and this is art.
Rap and poetry.
Formulation of questions like the ones I raise my hands to answer.
Would you listen to the words that I speak if my words were looped over a beat, you can dance to?
Would you feel the syllables and letters vibrate and flow through your system if I sung them?
Would you embrace and take them in if I waved my fist in the air, was rude and talked about using tax dollar to build a wall and demanded to see our president's green card?
Maybe you'd get what I'm saying if I told a joke.
Knocking my way into your subconscious until you feel the I way, he feels, she feels.
We all feel,
Poetry is a struggle.
Poetry is rap in a different form.
Poetry is a way I speak my truth.
Poetry is how we express ourselves.
Poetry, is, life!
So, enlighten me, what is life?