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Butch Decatoria Jan 2019
I remember when MTV was in its prime,
A new voice to represent the new boom
Babies growing up since the 80s
Louder still through the troubling decades
(Maxed out credit no head room)
After —the punks in nirvana and rapping clergy
It was the only channel on
Youthful rebel yell —honest news
I remember it pretty well
Shaping us generation x y and Personal Jesus
New wave good bye to when
Childhood then without pain of malnourished
Africa or nukes threatening our
Cruel summers
Were we happier then?
So what happens to the music
Rockstars rip van wrinkle
Geriatric hall of fame

(No one lives forever
Reruns with the ****** & mr. Ed
Now that old neighbor’s dead)

Television
Nowadays
Seem more gangster
School shootings terrorists
On the train, kamikaze planes,
It’s all the same ole
Bling kablam oh bits
******* please
Redirecting our attention
To WMD
***
Where the hells are we?

I remember back then
On MTV —Nicki Minaj says
Between the hysterics of police brutality
She said Happiness is living your life
Without struggle,
That stuck with me
Because we all watch the tube
We all search for meaning
Sadly defining what happiness
May look like
Real World and paradoxical reality
TV
Para socially defunct
Clarity
Conditioned to continuously
Stay tuned
Brief message of empty
Hypnosis a pure form of business
Wall Street
Boulevard of broken dreams
I want my

Happy. What do I mean
To be?
Life ***** lately
The human condition
Talking too much
Refusing to see
No more talking heads too much
Bla bla *******
I want my
MTV . Happy .
My generation
We are the world
freedom And yes, Peace.

Man kindly as one
Symphony
And street, a melting ***
Of diversity

I remember the music
The future
I had hope to see
Behind the shades
Circa 80s 90s
(Fossils)
What time is it then?
When will we
Begin
Again

Don’t worry be happy
Run Forest run!
Big Virge Nov 2015
Everybody lacks ... something ...
That's a ... Fact ... !!!  
  
So ...
Let me ask you this ... ?
What do ... You Lack ... ?
  
Do you lack ...  
" Common Sense "  
or .... Confidence ... ???
  
or ...  
Do you lack what it takes ... ?
to forsake what you gain ...
from living ... just for money ...
like these ... Corporate Heads ... !!!
  
Well money ...
" Certainly " .... Pays .... !!!
  
But ....
Does not ... " Allay " ...
Unhappy Days ... !!! ...
  
Ask those ... who take ...
"Every Piece" ... of the cake ... !!!
  
If they say ... Their Cash ... !!!
Removes ... Their Pain ...
They're being ... Fake ... !!!
  
Question .... ?
what they say ... ?
  
If they lost their ...
... " Loved Ones ' ...
  
Could their cash ... Replace ... ?
" Loved Ones " ... who'd placed ...
Smiles on ... Their face ... !!! ? !!! ...
  
The answer is ... NO ... !!!
and this ... They Know ... !!!
  
So ...
Do you lack ...  
" Other things " ... ?
that ... make you think ...  
  
" What is The Point !!?!! "
of ... Making Noise ...  
about the way ...
we live ... today ...
  
Well ...  
that's okay ...
it's been ... that way ...
since the ... early days ...
of ... " Shackled Slaves ! " ...
  
Many lack ... the ability ...
to face ... " The Truth " ... !!!
  
Do those ... last words ...
Apply ... to you ... !!?!! ...
  
Well ...  
If they ... DO ... ?!?
  
You're lacking in food ...
You should ... Consume ... !!!
  
These days ...  
I Lack ... " Patience " ...
with those who are ...
..... " Blatant " .....
  
" Ignorant Fools !!! " ...
  
Those I find ...
with ... " Narrow Minds " ...
who choose to ... move ...
in the land ... of the blind ... !!!
  
Those now inclined ...
to ... Ignoring Signs ... ?!?
that .... " Indicate " ....
  
.......... " New " ...........  
" Troubled Times " ... !!! ...
for ... "Our" ...
" Human Kind " ... !!!
  
But ... if we pressed ...  
  
"CLICK" ...........  

Rewind ...  
  
I'm sure we'd find ...
Many Things ... " Replicated " ...
Like ...... " Old Pastimes " ......  
  
Do you lack ...  ?
The Ability ...
to want to ... " Backtrack " ... ?
  
Can I ask you ...  
" Freely " ... ?
  
Why are you ... like that ... ???
  
Afraid of what you'll see ... ??!??
or ... what you'll ... FIND ...
that'll ... EXPOSE ... Lies ...
"Cleverly" ... disGuiSed ...
to keep ... The Truth ...
  
hidden ......
  
..... From .....  
" Enquiring Minds ? " ...
  
  
This seems to be ...
... " Planned " ... !?!
  
to ... Ensure Most ...
..... " Lack " .....  
  
" The Ability " .....
  
to deal with ... FACTS ...  
  
Like .....
Why are women ...
Soooo hard ... to understand ... ???
  
In the very beginning ....
They're ... HARD to ATTRACT ... !!!!!
  
If ....  
You're a man ...
who ... HOLDS ... Your Stance ...
THAT ... You give a **** ...
" About " ... Their Needs ...  
  
while those who ... Lack ...
such ..... " Courtesies " .....  
seem to get ... ***** ...
  
Like .... " Next one please !!! "
  
Girls who ... LACK ...
any ... Common Sense ...
are those ... I don't want ...
inside ..... My Bed ..... !!!!!!!!!!
  
But ....
Hell Yes ... Yeah ...
  
I'll pass through theirs' ... !!!!!
  
Now ....
Hear me out girls ...  
Don't take ... Offence ... !!!!!
  
But ....
Too Many ... of you ...
Pick The  ....
  
"Wrong ****** Men ?!?"  
  
Again and Again .....
Your Case ... CLEARLY ...
Has .... " No Defence " ... !!!!!
  
These days ...
There's a .... LACK ....
of ... " Good ol' ... FUN ... !!!
  
Especially with ...
A ... " Good Woman ! " ...
  
..... " Relationships " .....
seem to end ... So Quick ... !!!
  
Before ... " Love's Able " ...
to get a .... " GRIP !!! " ....
and have a chance to ...
  
........ " Sit " .........
  
at the ... Dinner Table ...
That's ... " REALITY " ...
and is ... " No Fable ! " ...
  
Like .... Cain and Abel ...
  
Things are ... CLEARLY ...
Quite .... " Unstable " .... !!!!!
  
Like ... reception through ...
Those ... " Dodgy Cables ! ' ...
  
No ... MTV ...
or ... Sky TV ...
  
But ...  
Here's the link ...
So take ... THIS IN ... !!!
  
There's now a ... LACK ...
of ..... " RELIABILITY " .....
in how .... People ....
Now Seem ... to be ... !!!!!
  
"I'll call you tonight !"
  
"Cool, that's just fine,
I should be home,
by, half past nine,
don't let me down,
I don't like to be clowned !!!"
  
"Trust me man,
I will ring you !!!"
  
" Haven't heard from  
..... THAT FOOL .....
for a whole week now ...
if he calls me with ...
A Poor excuse ...
My mouth is gonna,
leave him ... Schooled ...
and make him ... frown ...
with the words ... I Choose ... !!! "
  
I just can't stand ....
when people .... LACK ....
  
..... " Reliability " ..... !!!!!!!!!!!
  
or ... is it ... Just Me ... ?!?
  
Asking ... TOO MUCH ... !!!
to hope that .... Some ....
  
"Good Ones" ... are left ... !!!
who are .... " Reliable " ....
from ... Start to End ... !!!
  
and deal in ...  
" Honesty " ...

as well as ...
" Respect " ...
  
People ... You TRULY ..
can call ... Your Friends ... !!!!!
  
Well ....
One thing ... I Don't Lack ... !
is a will to ... " Express " ...
through poetry .... sent ....
to my .... Notepad .... !!! ....
  
So ... now it's time ...
to end ... This Rhyme ...  
  
About ....  
Some Things ....
  
That ... WE ALL ...  
...... " Lack " ...... !!!!!
  
But ....
If you think ....
  
You DON"T ... Lack Anything ... ???  
  
Let me just say this ....
  
You are ... DREAMING ... !!!!!!!!!
  
EVERYONE ...  
Lacks something ....
  
That's just ... FACT ... !!!!!!!
  
So .....
Be HONEST ... with yourself ...
  
What Do ... You ... ?
  
........ Lack ........ ???
We ALL ... Lack something, as the piece says ....Dunno what really inspired this, but, clearly one day, the question entered my mind !
Jack L Martin Sep 2018
Independent Grammy
Ameripolitan Billboard
CMA Triple Play
Indigenous K-Love Fan

Austin YouTube
Loudwire MTV Video
GMA Dove iHeartRadio
Canadian Country
Stellar BBC Music Magazine

Americana Blues
Tennessee Songwriters Association
Soribada Best K-Music
Texas Country

APRA Western Heritage
Texas Sounds
Academy of Country Music
Wine Country

Carolina Teen Choice
Pulitzer Prize
Latin American Unsigned
Alternative Press

International Western
People's Choice
American Tejano
ASCAP Country Soul Train

Soribada Best K-Music
Texas Country
American Songwriting
Branson Terry

Nashville Industry
International Bluegrass
Source: https://camphouseconcerts.com/2017/09/25/list-of-2018-music-award-shows/
This is where dreams get cut at the root
but never die, the seed is alive
This is where it all began
But you can't grow up
You're just a Bonsai girl, stuck

This is where it all died
much before it could start
I can't recognize a single store
but I do remember the places where I broke

I remember the rhythm between life and death
That royal panic attack, me and that girl,
in the room, out of our breath.
Storms about to come, promises going on
I remember being sweet 16 so in love with him
Teachers hating me but wanting me to **** them
(I bet they did, I was the hottest,
and what to say about that cleavage I rocked
at the prom, yet so terrified of warmth)
I remember to kick the closet with a ****** Mary looking at us
Those years where it all shook up

These years where we watched MTV
And yearned to be slutty freedom drunk chicks.
These years of pink pills and being too thin.
These years where we were not free at all -
but we struggled ******* hard
Kissing dudes and breaking rules -
These years that I erased with all my strength
when I erased myself
Mark  Oct 2019
‘Bout Da Blues
Mark Oct 2019
The blues spoke out loud, as the very first person, to me
Talkin' 'bout movin' on and leavin' your troubles behind
That's what the blues should feel like, like being set free
One day, a college educated black man, rather refined
Met a lean loose-jointed ***** vagrant, swingin' with motion
He was a sittin' over there, between the police and the railway station
When he first heard this gifted black musician, playing his guitar
But, he'd been pulling a knife across the strings, how bizarre
It was the weirdest sound, that he ever did hear.

Music was being played all down the south coast
Mainly for pleasure, but also for future profit, they'd all boast
But people were throwing coins, at the soles of this dudes feet
He said, it's played by all the blacks, but whiteys can't hear its tunes
Played all night and day, making some money, just enough to be able to eat
Some would even use a ***** ole wash bowl, along with some silver spoons

I wanted to learn me, how to pick that guitar, oh yes sir re, indeed
There was a sweet singer of the swamp lands, always high on green ****
Passing on by here, to put down a few tracks, all 'bout da blues
He'd never stay too long, 'cause he was wanted by the state
Word had it, he was from a town in Texas, named Fate
He was known as Lead Belly, who never paid his dues
Yep, he did become that infamous, murderous minstrel

You gotta take an eight bar phrase
Then simply, make it a twelve bar phrase
Now ya got ya selves, dat ole fashioned blues
You'd know a lot more about the blues, by meeting the people
Than you would, listening to it, from home or relying on the news
Or seated around a **** on the radio dial, like most lazy towns people
The uptight white cats from LA, didn't bother, to hear those sort of tones
Even after sitting, right beside the famous UK band, the Rolling Stones

In the meantime, mainstream USA sat up and twirled
As they smashed through their southern racial barrier
So everyone could be happier, they'd forget about their interior
The British had heard it, full steam ahead, they then told the world
Letting y'all know, who these great blues music people, really are and were
Then, white America said, 'Well let me go see', what's making them purr

When it was all done and finalised
It was only then, that we realised
That it was so hip hop
For us to put the blues back on top
We had the big bop, then the 80s pop
Thru to ZZ Top, along with another MTV flop
Tearing it all up, leaving behind very few clues
Even though, they were just, as bad to the bone
Just as the original good ole blues
Should've always done.
The honest heir of crush

I’m a field, feelings so bad left behind

The spark in an honesty giving circle, United by smiles and pre arranged circumstance, hard wood and lavender

Outdoor showers

Can you make this perfect coin fall into a basket of eggs, signaling a dance that sparks fantasy urban jumping

Older gentries smell the fresh cotton and almost remember, like a cartridge open their mtv sobbing hearts, orange soda, each other by example the current generation

Can you dance like this, nectar in your eyes? Yeah I can shake like that

There was no need for a whisper, only clinging bodies

Bouncing in a stronghold, it’s a beautiful day

And my heart knows trust

You know of acceptance? Maybe cold truce?

I do, too
Big Virge Dec 2019
So What's IMPORTANT To You ... ?!?
  
Well For Me ... ?
My HEALTH For One ... !!!
And Food For Two ...  
And Number Three's  
  
.... MY POETRY .... !!!!!
  
I Hear You Ask ....
  
"But V, what about your family ?"
  
Well Now My Mum Rests Peacefully ...
  
My Family ...
Mean ... "little to me" ... !!!
  
Because My Fam' CLEARLY Believe That Cash Money ...
Means MORE Than Facing TRAGEDIES ... !?!
  
That Sometimes HIT Young Families ...  
  
Cashing Cheques And Having *** ...
Are How They've Been ...
  
That's Why They Mean ...
...... "little to me" ....... !!!
  
DON'T ... "pity me" ... !!!!!
Because I DON'T NEED Your ... " Sympathy " ... !!!!!  
  
When ... Most Believe ...
That Life Is ALL About MONEY ... ?!!!?
  
GREED DOES NOT Fulfil Your Needs ...  
And WON'T Save You From EVIL Deeds ... !!!!!!
  
Those Who ENVY May Just FEED ...
By Taking ALL YOUR LUXURIES ... !!!!!
  
MTV Breeds ... JEALOUSY ... !!!!!
  
"I want what the rich have got !" ...
  
Well DON'T Be Shocked If You Are ... " OWNED " ...
And HAVE TO DO What You Are ... TOLD ... !!!!!
To HOLD ONTO THAT ... " *** of Gold "
  
That's The Way The Business Goes ... !!!
  
You May Not Like ... THAT Kind of Life ... ?!?  
  
EVERYONE ......
CAN'T Win ... TOP PRIZE ... !!!!!
  
Why Place IMPORTANCE On Such Highs ... !?!
  
They're Not As Great As Some May Say ... !!!
That's Why They NEED HARD DRUGS MOST Days ... !!!!!
  
Their Life Becomes A ... " Purple Haze " ...  
  
Hendrix Died Because of Drugs He Was Supplied ...
Admired By Most From Coast to Coast ....  
But Then Was LOST To Drugs Like ... " Coc' " .... !!!
  
Just Like ... " Rick James " ... !!!
Another Man Who Lived A Life ...
of ... " GLITZ And FAME " ... !!!
  
But Clearly Took ...
TOO MUCH ******* ... !!!!!!
  
I Place ... Importance ...
On Gaining Knowledge ...
  
... " Knowledge Is POWER " ... !!!
And Makes Fools ... "cower" ... !!!
  
Knowledge of THEM ...
DEFINES ... " PRETENSE " ... !!!  
  
You're Better of ...
DISMISSING Fools From Your ....................... Presence ................ !!!
  
So What In TRUTH ...  
Is IMPORTANT To ... " YOU " ... ?!?
  
Well Nowadays We're Given Clues ...  
From Things We SEE In News Reviews ...
  
The ... " Ones and Twos " ...
For Those Who Walk In ... " HIP HOP Shoes " ...
  
TORTURE It Seems ...  
For ... Government Crews ... !!?!!
  
Because The IN THING Now ...
Is NOT TO LOSE To TERRORIST Groups ... !!!!!
  
Which ....  
Simply Leads To ... MORE Issues ...  
Leading To ... Use of Tissues ... !!!
  
What Has Happened To ... VALUES ... !?!
  
IMPORTANT Things ... !!!
And That's The TRUTH ... !!!!!
  
... " VALUED " ....  
Can Be Defined ....
As Something That Is ... IMPORTANT ...  
  
But Values Now ...
Are CLEARLY ... " dormant " ...
  
Racists Now ...  
Will ... SCREAM And SHOUT ...
  
"GET THE BLACKS And MUSLIMS OUT !!! " ...
  
We're CLEARLY ON A ... " Roundabout " ... !!!!!
  
It's Funny How Blacks Are STILL Put Down ... !!!
  
Actually ... It's NOT ... !!!!!!!
WE Joke So Much ... About Our Lot ...  
  
What Kind of Values Have We Got ... ?!?!?  
  
LYNCH Is STILL Providing ... " KNOTS " ... !!!!!
  
For UNCLE TOMS To Sit And Plot ...  
With Governments Who WILL NOT Stop ... !!!
  
Until Black People Pay the ... COST ...
Like James Brown Said ... " To Be The Boss " ... !!!  
  
The Boss of What ... !?!?!
  
OUR LUST For ... " Wealth " ...
May See Us .... " ROT " ... !?!  
  
What's IMPORTANT To Me ...
Is ... " Knowledge of SELF " ... !!!!!
  
Then Passing On........
The Things I've Seen And YES ... Been Through ...  
BEFORE Our Youth ... CAN'T FIND The Truth ............... !!!!!!!!
  
The TRUTH About ...  
How We Were LYNCHED ... !!!!!
And Made To ... " WINCE " ... !!!!!!
  
And Constantly TOLD ...
  
"DON'T TRY TO THINK !!!!!" ...
  
Play Sport And SING ... !!!
Or Rap About Your ... " Drug Dealing " ... !!!!!!
  
That's Why SO MANY FEEL The STING ... !!!!!!!
Confinement In ... RACIST PRISONS ... !!!!!
  
Where Many Now Just ...  
... HANG Themselves ... !!!!!
  
Cards Like THESE Have LONG BEEN Dealt ...
By Men Like LYNCH Whose Story Has A ... " Racist Smell " ... !!!
  
Things Like THIS ...
Are IMPORTANT To Me ... !!!!!
  
NOT Cash Money Or Terrorist Speech ... !!!  
While Government Men Simply Retreat ...  
To Values Like Their ... " Private Beach " ... !!!!!
  
Surely Folks You Must Agree ... ?!?
  
What's IMPORTANT To THEM ...
Is DIFFERENT TO What's IMPORTANT To YOU ... !!!
And CLEARLY What's ... IMPORTANT To ME ... !!!!!!!!!!!!
  
These Things FUEL My Attitude ...  
Because of IGNORANCE ... Most Choose ... ?!?  
  
I Place ... VALUE ... !!!
On Things That SHOULD Be ...  
Taught In .... " Schools " .... !!!
  
My Views Are STAUNCH ... !!!
And NOT ... " Dormant " ... !!!!
  
Because Truth Be Told ...
  
They Are ...
  
... " IMPORTANT " ... !!!
Just a few of the things that are to me .....
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