“Mezeker Means To Remember” Mike Ellis (Def Poetry)

Life, Thinking


“Mezeker Means To Remember”

Mike Ellis (Def Poetry)

Ethiopia 1978

what does a women do when she gives birth to a beautiful baby girl
after her brother is murdered
and the government demands a hundred dollars to pay for the bullets they used to bruise his body
that women names that baby that would one day become my best friend
because in Ethiopia’s hard language mezeker means to remember

now remember death is a way of life
you can’t avoid strife
and still next persons struggle is so often worse
in the context of the universe I wonder is my story even worth a verse

so many of us race through history chasing this one mystery
who has suffered the most misery
now I get confused was it the Blacks or the Jews,
Indian, Asians, or some obscure group of Caucasians
on this occasion save your idealistic phrases like, “there is only one human race”
naww this here is a competition
everybody state your case
cause somebody got to stand first place
right? WRONG.

I don’t need the grand prize for pity
I can go overseas or simply ride thru the city
and see that my standard of living is better than nine tenths of the planet
so when I am up here slamming poetry
refugees of many nationalities are slamming me for the opportunities I take for granted

if indeed I believe that collectively black people have suffered like no other
can I personally say I have suffered more than a fourteen year old white Bosnian boy who promised to uphold his dead mothers last request
to protect his ten year old sister from the soldiers that slashed her dress

tied him up with wire made him watch them steal moms promise
now he feels like a liar
that’s a lot for a kid to carry on their own

so no I don’t have a self pity the world owes me apology and I refuse to move on poem
because mezeker means to remember
that most tsunami victims don’t have a home
and by the way that includes the Somalians’ and Kenyans’ the news coverage never mentioned

mezeker means I must remember to mention
that those malnourished kids with visible ribs you see on TV
never make fat jokes or go start riots
but they don’t have sympathy for any folks on the latest low carb diet

mezeker means most politicians ought to try it
before telling a teen child taking care of her six siblings alone
that selling crack just ain’t worth the risk

no you ain’t got no mom and dad
but just go on back to them projects
with rats and roaches
and wait until a great opportunity approaches

you should know this
death is a way of life
you cannot avoid strife
and still the next persons struggle is so often worse
but in the context of the universe your story is worth a verse
because mezeker means to remember


2 thoughts on ““Mezeker Means To Remember” Mike Ellis (Def Poetry)

  1. Reblogged this on Channeling Thoughts and commented:
    This poem reminds me to remember to live, and move on from wanting sympathy from anyone. Its a great reminder that though i have suffered at a point, i have also been blessed, what i choose to dwell on, is infact my true reality. Its my way of bending the theory of relativity to my advantage

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