Days 95-96 – Weekend 27 & 28 June 2020
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
Yes, it has been a few days since I have posted. I have been both working on this piece and nervously considering whether I should post it. I am sure it will not be to everyone’s taste and there is a health warning about some of the language.
Some of you will have heard an early version of this poem when Ugoma Adegoke took the brave step of allowing me to read it uncensored at ‘The Women Rising’ cultural event in 2016. Someone asked her why she let me ‘drop a neutron bomb’ that evening. However, it was that performance which led Uche Nwokedi to cast me in his musical “Kakadu”. So, to Ugoma and Uche, many thanks and this is partly your fault.
Seriously, it is one thing performing in front a few friends but putting it up here is a bit scary. I have been working on it for four years and it will never be finished. I am not sure of the title and have some doubts on the structure. There is also at least one more section on British racism to come.
However, I feel the time is right. I hope you feel me.
Deliberations on Different Types of Slavery by One Old White Guy. A Poem by Keith Richards.
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