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!
ALERT! NATIONAL CRISIS ALERT!
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
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!
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!
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.