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May 26, 2009
By zman1 PLATINUM, Bethesda, Maryland
zman1 PLATINUM, Bethesda, Maryland
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Favorite Quote:
You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension - a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You're moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You've just crossed over into the Twilight Zone.

Leather, berets,
and Shades
Define them.

Cops, reeking of Hate
Reload, while Panthers
Fight with Trojan glory.

The overgrown and weeded Ghetto
Nourished by the sunlight
Slowly blooms!

The author's comments:
This poem I wrote depicts a true event in history. What I am writing depicts the rise of the Black Panthers, who fought police brutality. In the first stanza I describe the Panthers' traditional garb of berets, sunglasses and leather. In the second stanza, I depict the police as being the main rival of the Black Panthers. In the third verse I describe on how the ghetto, where most of the Panthers fought police brutality, is "nourished by the sunlight and slowly blooms". I originally wrote paired the poem with "X", because Malcolm X and the Black Panthers both advocated violence to combat racial prejudice.

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