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spacer.gif   American Open Mike: Raina Brown
Posted by : cj on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 04:00 PM
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American Open Mike:  New American Voices .

** Raina Brown **


Phunny Filosofies

Phunny filosofies you want me to believe
Unintelligible fables made precisely to deceive
Irritating confusions incessantly taught
Eerie illusions un-insightfully bought

Mass hypocrisies seen through and through
Detrimental inconsistencies between the say and do
Cataclysmic explosions reigning hell's brimstone
Mystified information crossing lines of tone

Indescribable injustices all in the name of god
Abominable customs controlled by fear and rod
Detestable discussions backbiting unfriendly talk
Un-emancipated repercussions crippling upright walk


Good Daddy/Bad Daddy

You're always there to show you care
You will take me anywhere
You get up early and go to work
You buy me shoes you buy me shirts

You talk to me before I sleep
You pick me up when I weep
And when I want to give you lip
You show me love with your whip

You're never there and you don't call
Others catch me when I fall
I wonder how you think I'll eat
When no support was sent this week

My shirt is worn my shoes are old
My jacket's small and I am cold
I want your love but it can't be found
Since you never come around



Fight, Dream, Live

You fought a bitter battle that cost your very life
You stood up for a people shielded from the light
Harassment to your family and bombs to your home
Yet you stood and took it even when you stood alone

You fought against injustice and the chains of poverty
You spared no expense to ensure your people's liberty
Deep inside you had a dream that lives and breathes this day
Nourished by your blood and the powerful way you prayed

You left a legacy that can still be felt and heard
By the careful ways you articulated every single word
It's been a long way coming and yet still more to go
I really don't know how to thank you, I really just don't know

Yet your dream is in the making of truly coming to life
Thank you Dr. King, I'm sending this to your lovely wife


Raina Brown lives in Romulus, MI. She took the stage at her local open mic. for the first time on October 21, 2005, and had the audience engaged in laughter and deep thought. "Over the past year my desire to write has strengthened to the point where it is all I want to do," Brown says. "I wake up at night and grab the notepad by my bed and write. I rise in the morning taking the notepad from my purse and write. At work on my breaks I write. My goal is to share all of my work with the entire world."


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