New Poem “Black with No Interruptions”

Black with no Interruption

I grew up addicted to the suspense
Of horror films
my spine stationary
Like telephone poles
Stuck with flickering light bulbs
The musical score would dive in
Base rumbling
Stomach churning
That sensation of either
Peeing or crying
Goosebumps the size of pumpkin seeds
Every lit lantern was a foreshadowing
That the next over confident teen
Was about to be target practice
For a dry machete

I still find myself glued to screens
Ears antennas for any camp fire story
That makes it hard to sleep at night
Winter has bullied all seasons
Into extinction
Cause there is a CHILL that never ends lately
That has the sun barricading itself behind clouds
There are sons being buried who don’t match
The color of clouds
Horror used to just invade nightmares
Now there is a dread lingering to wake up

Fear has monumentally shifted its attack
From the jolts, jumps of suspenseful effects
drowning under blankets
counting to 10 in reverse
slightly peeking through pillows
to secure the vicinity is safe

there are now chokeholds more lethal
then any demonic possession
possession of a cigarette intended for profit
will be corroborated as illegal activity
so the severity of clogging Eric Garners arteries
with WWE submissions
is enough to have every one involved
be acquitted

now history is infamous for omitting all factors
revisionist portrayal is not a comparison that
is fair to all situations
but there is a repetitiveness
that occurs when it relates to black boys
unprecedented death sentences
Guns rewriting GODS timetable

1955 Emmett Tills body
was discovered in shambles
barely recognizable
as if his cheekbones were batting tees for little league
Evidence so obvious
That Lucifer could not speak tongues
Convince juries of absolution
No refusal of guilt could be fathomed
Until lawyers went pro bono
Rallied around color over crime
So all that were left were two free men
Who never knew anything but free
One dead 14year old black boy
Who was barely allowed to buy a drink
After a day of picking cotton

Let me stop and preface
That generalizing a culture
For the actions of individuals
Is not only hypocritical
But as insensitive as referring
to the lost as another black man down
when they carry ancestral legacies in blood

so after decades of being called
black boys
all just black boys
make sure you acknowledge
them by name
Michael
Freddy
Eric
Walter
Laquon
Alton
Philando
Emmett

To many these are just names
For families this is documentation
Of relevance
of historic recognition
how many bodies
withered away on cotton fields
became numbers like cattle
on plantations
identification came in all forms
of nigga variations

So as the bodies are piling
On concrete floors
Passenger seats
Pinned down
Headlocks
Racial divides
To fear a dreadlock
More than a Mohawk
To be quicker to call a bullet
To action
Depending on the uniform you’re wearing
The ones you never get to pick
Or take off

Funny as a kid if you cried
You were labeled soft
I must be turning into mush
cause the brutality
leads to retaliation
retaliation leads
counter attack
attack leads to reaction
the cycle is infinite
cause the last one holding the gun
will find a form of justice in shooting it

Let me stop and preface
That generalizing all officers
For the actions of individuals
Is inaccurate
So vendettas towards enforcement
Doesn’t increase improvement
Just death tolls

So we have
Brent
Patrick
Michael Krol
Lorne
Michael Smith
Whose children will be waiting at home
For ghosts that will never return

Being carried in caskets
White men gunned down
Much like black men
executed by force
Hold the explanations
We have too many reasons
Not enough Apologies
Everyone wants to be RIGHT
When all that matters
Is how to end all the WRONG
Isn’t it Ironic how similar
The weight of bodies in all color feels
when lowered to the ground

Black lives have always mattered
maybe there lies the problem
That while others invade
That statement
With ALL lives matter

Then they must ask themselves
Why didn’t Black Lives
Have a more prominent equal role
In the ALL LIVES MATTER movement
Prior
Or why was the ALL LIVES MATTER
An idle movement
Until BLACK LIVES MATTER
Rose to action

There would be no necessary
Need to SHOUT
BLACK LIVES MATTER now
If everyone truly understood
That to us
They have always mattered
And it needs
To be RECOGNIZED
Without interruption

Since I was a kid
I have been addicted to scary movies
But lately this kind of terror
Is making it harder to sleep

©Frankie A Soto
www.hiddenlegacy.org

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4 mile run for Autism Awareness

4 mile run for Autism is completed. I finished 4 miles in 36 minutes. Ranked 12th out of 3034 runners in Men’s Division 30-34 and 238 out of 24,500 runners and 143 overall in all Men runners. Beat last years time by 9 minutes. Feeling sore obviously but it was for a great cause. Help raise awareness and educate on what Autism really is.

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Thank you Bay Shore High School & Ethnic Pen

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Thank you for making class amazing today, I was tearing and you were amazing

~Ashley Nava, Student, Bay Shore High School

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You did an incredible job. Thank you

~Robert Pashkin, Principal, Bay Shore High School

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There were so many lines that caught my attention. I know the students all loved you and were talking about you, Thank you so much

~ Jose Ramirez, Teacher, Bay Shore High School

You decide which trend to follow

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You are amazing, DNA is not your Bible, you don’t pray to the absentees, you become the presence. From my poem “Curriculum of Manhood” ‪#‎Hiddenlegacy‬ ‪#‎org‬ ‪#‎poetry‬ ‪#‎InSpireLegacy‬ ‪#‎discoverworthcollegetour‬ ‪#‎papapapa‬ ‪#‎readallaboutit‬

Abuse is Never Okay

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Too many women think silence will protect them from further violence. Your voice is your protection. ‪#‎discoverworthcollegetour‬ ‪#‎hiddenlegacy‬ ‪#‎org‬ ‪#‎poetry‬ ‪#‎InSpireLegacy‬ ‪#‎abuseneverokay‬

Thank you Kenmore Middle School & Lynchburg University in VA

The show was fantastic! We were thinking of having you come back for our Summer Transition Program! ~Pat Price, Lynchburg College, VA

Frankie you were amazing!!! The kids loved you and kept asking when you were coming back ~Meg Hunter, Kenmore Middle School, VA

You were awesome!!! I always enjoy watching you perform! ~LaDawn Noble, Lynchburg College, VA

Really enjoyed listening to Frankie Soto’s inspirational words tonight ~Kelly Lineberry, Lynchburg College, VA

Frankie Soto, spoken word performer, will return to Lynchburg College’s Westover Room on Friday, Feb. 12 @ 7:30…

Posted by Multicultural Services of Lynchburg College on Monday, February 8, 2016

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