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Nikki Said To Me



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she said it to me
quite some time ago
when I was told to revere Paul
to eat lots of cherries
chopped down the tree just for my benefit
and to also worship father Abraham

(not the one from the old testament, mind you...)

to stand
and not kneel in protest
in rigid military
classroom formation
faithfully pledging allegiance to the flag
every morning

Nikki said it
but it was always explained to me by
the newspaper head shots
and the two-second interviews

(heavily edited for my entertainment and educational pleasure...)

that she was a liar
that the big man heading the vacuum sales force
a staff of dancing puppets
blind men in blue
who eagerly
pursued the big
black boys
beat them
huffed and puffed and
blew their brains in
just so that I could clearly see that they were evil
and that the smiling sets of
sparkling white dentures
reporting it to me in the news
writing about it in the papers each morning

(in white and black...)

are the true representatives of what
America really stood for
keeping America great
from that bad 'ol Nikki

dangerously pictured
with teeth clenched and fist raised
dangerously pictured
cross-legged in his chair
and then there were the two-second
heavily edited interviews with
and Stokely
and Eldridge

Nikki said it to me
quite some time ago
but I didn't hear her voice
until just now

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mlowe5 says:

A beautiful revelation! Took me back to my SNCC days with John, Kawame Toure (Stokley), Nikki, and a host of others when I was "Tex" (a nickname given by Stokley). Like John and Stokley (Kwame Toure), I'll soon be gone too; but praise God they got to now deal with those like you! Newphanters are in the house; wearing but-kicking black boots; echoing loud! ONE. Peace and Love, Newpanther.

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