Spoken Word

Spoken Word

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Where You Belong!!! for my brother Dennis June 1, 1953-July 25, 2010

If I could rewind days,

back step through yesterday,

Pause the hour, 

before the tears,

freeze frame the minute,

that you were still here,

anticipating your next breath,

I would moonwalk minutes,

stomp the present,

and hitchhike a soul-train line, to the past

to those natural days of

"braid it tight Vickie

so the afro could pick out just right."

To those super-fly do's

and magic shave don't's

and those super-fly zoots,

in the mirror to watch,

My handsome brother flaunt,

"Mr big stuff tell me now

who do you think you are

Mr Big stuff, you drive a

big fine fancy car, Mister Big Stuff."

I would chase those glory years,

of track star fame,

and girls in the bleachers,

screaming your name,

of trophies on display,

and press release,

If I could rewind the day,

set my mind at ease,

stop the clock,

and stop the time,

rewind to your very prime,

I would find you as twin,

one speaking gospel,

the other seeking sin,

If I could rewind the day,

go all the way back,

to before the slip,

To hustling peanuts,

To Devil's Dip,

A place you used to play,

I'd kidnap you my brother,

And steal you away,

Then bring you my brother,

Home to today,



  1. I'm with Kristin on this one. Love it!

    1. Thanks Andrea, I'm glad you like it!

  2. Beautiful. The poem takes me back to the days of my youth, braiding my brother's hair for the afros to stand out. I never did manage to braid tight enough.

    1. Thanks LindaRe and that's exactly what I'm referring to, as soon as I was old enough and learned to braid my brothers made afro care, my resposibility.