Wednesday, May 11, 2016

AFENI SHAKUR On VIBE MAG!!!

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Monday, May 2, Activist/Educator/Businesswoman AFENI SHAKUR, who is probably most famous for being the mother of late Rapper TUPAC "2PAC" SHAKUR; passed away at her home in SAUSALITO, CA, at the age of 69!!!

January 10, 1947, AFENI SHAKUR was born ALICE FAYE WILLIAMS in LUMBERTON, NC.

In Honor and Memory of the Life, Legacy, and Love of AFENI SHAKUR, she covers VIBE: SPECIAL MOTHER'S DAY COMMEMORATIVE EDITION 2016.

Poet NAYYIRAH WAHEED specially created the poem, AFENI SHAKUR: A MOTHER'S LOVE, in dedication the former BLACK PANTHER, and in honor of all mothers for this MOTHER'S DAY 2016.

AFENI SHAKUR: A MOTHER'S LOVE

mothering. is a poetry.
an articulate.
terrifying.
arduous.
blinding. poetry.
when you pour him from your body.
that is a poetry.
when you wash. his. new body. in the kitchen sink.
that is a poetry.
when you calculate the distance from your house. and all the streets.
between.
how long it will take him to arrive at his best friend’s home.
and return.
alive.
that is a strategic. poetry.
a navigation. the maverick’s poetry.
a poetry of architecture. careful craft.
a war captain’s. poetry.
you. have built a paradise.
he is a paradise.
sekyiwa is a paradise.
you are a paradise.
you. protect paradise.
protecting paradise. is a poetry.
when you begin to smell.
his destiny. in his sweat.
growing faster than his hands. his feet.
and the shape of him becomes more and more breathtaking each day. both of your hearts begin racing.
it is here.
who he.
is.
has come for him.
he is larger than your house.
his wings are finished.
you stay up late for three month. sewing their undercoat.
reviewing the aerodynamics.
making sure they are slender enough. soft. sensitive enough. light enough. for flight.
warm enough. for the world. its winter.
metal enough. to counteract any flying shrapnel. anything. unmeant for his being.
and when he forgets.
and forgetting is easy. in a world with no memory.
he calls you up. (you are already awake. awaiting this call.)
you remind him of his name.
you sing his name. to him.
you sing. to him his name.
warmed. slowly. repeatedly.
speak to him in. the language.
the language only he and you understand.
the language only you and he can speak.
remind him.
‘tupac. you are my first poem.
a love poem.’
he remembers. he calms.
you tell him a joke. a joke. your friend told you yesterday. when the two of you were gardening.
you laugh with him. and the sound of your laughter. together.
is.
new music.
and if he leaves. before you. (something he said softly. may happen. when the two of you first met.)
if he dies. with one wing.
you do not allow death.
you pick up his body.
cleanse it.
with the gold salt. you are saving. everydaynight. from weeping.
during mourning. create a new wing.
place him.
two winged. in the ground beneath the wild tree.
you do not allow death.
you know that the other life. is still alive.
and
you and he. are still poetry.
still. a love poem.
still. writing.
you. afeni. the poetry. the music. the genius. the force.
created the poetry. the music. the genius. the force.
that. created the poetry. the music. the genius. the force.
and.
we will listen. forever.
we will listen to you. both. forever.
we know the other life. is still alive.
and
you and he. are still poetry.
still. a love poem.
still. writing.
sekyiwa. the paradise.
your beloved.
your stunning. daughter poem.
is
here.
you. he. are there.
to be a mother. in two dimensions.
that.
that.
is a poetry.
and.
we know the other life. is still alive.
mothering. is a poetry.
— arena
We Send Up PRAYERS, LOVE, HEALING, BLESSINGS, And HUGS for the surviving family of Mrs. AFENI SHAKUR.
PEACE, LOVE, And BLESSINGS;
-CCG


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