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Warning: National Crisis Alert-Warning

Poet James Litkett with author Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X
In light of recent news, revolutionary activist poet James Litkett invites readers to revisit his 2014 “Warning” – even more relevant today than when it was first written. Time’s up for ignorance of injustice; time now to be alert.

By James Litkett

How shocking is this time for me

Whoa and behold, ‘tis my country, ‘tis of

Thee why are you still killing me? Sweet

Land of liberty, 2 days before Thanksgiving (November 27th, 2014)

I feel no glee or cheer. Why, you ask?

‘Tis I say, no way, no how, or more importantly,

No more. Black life does matter, if not now,

When? Tomorrow is too late for us to wait!

‘Tis is why I feel no glee, what do I have

To be thankful for? Not being killed

Yet! To linger for another day or time?

To this I say no way, no how and more

Importantly, no more, for always and forever!

I refuse to hold on to my history at

The expense of my destiny!


No justice, no peace or profit

Will be allowed or sanctioned

Until this situation is remedied

No more of business as usual

Nothing will be as it was before

Ever Again!

Crime is down, but Black Death is

Up! An unacceptable situation has

Arisen and nothing shall be as it was

Ever again, no justice, no peace or profit,

This is not war, but the extinction

Of mankind! You cannot exclude

1 without harming the other!

On this day, so it begins! Make

It so! Will this be a new beginning

Or the end?

Who am I! No more games, no

More lies! And so it begins this

Greatest mission of all before Christmas (December 25th, 2014)!

Heartbreaks and promises, I’ve had more

Than my share!

Never again!

I deserve much better than this!

Holdup, wait a minute don’t you see

What I’m feeling is so!?

Yes my son, you can be President, if you live

Long enough! And remember, never believe

Your lying eyes! One of the few lessons

I learned from my NYC Police Officer

Father was of the powerful message, “You will die if you

Don’t comply.” To the rules and regulations

Of the powers that be.

So, not being able to

Breathe is the least of your worries

Because you won’t get the chance to live!

**Above: James Litkett and author Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X. A version of this poem was originally published on the blog Wiz of Jlitkett.

James Litkett is a revolutionary activist poet and host of the series Now We Rise: Quest to Self-Determination on Manhattan Neighborhood Network. View the first two episodes now on YouTube. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

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