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It's said we get three loves in a lifetime, which sounds more a masculine concept than feminine but if it's true, then I've had my share four or five times. Most, regretably without care or overstanding.

This piece is an awakening, the realization of what it truely means to love unconditionally.

I'm a child of the 60's an' have always been a lil more than partial to ballads & slow jams. Grew up listenin to Arthur Prysock, Dinah Washington, Gloria Lynne and Nina Simone singing covers of Gershwin and Nelson Riddle, to Dionne Warwick, Aretha Franklin and Isaac Hayes sing Burt Bacharach, to Smokey & The Miracles' Tracks of My Tears and Baby Baby Don't Cry, to Billy Stewart's I Do Love You and Sitting In The Park, to The Temptations' My Girl, I Wish It Would Rain and I'm Losing You, to The Persuaders, The Unifics, Linda Jones etc. I had and still have a romantic's heart and these songs were the blueprint, the foundation apon which my notions about love and romance were built, even though I didn't quite get the mechanics of it.

However, after years of misadventure, missed opportunity and spent emotions I became a lil jaded in my position and definition of love. I wrote this about three years ago and recorded it a year or more later. It's an unrequieted love poem. I think it's the universes way of settin me straight bout some things I grew to believe or more aptly grew to defend and a little spiritual payback for love I sqaundered.

It's from a CD of five poems I'm trying to test the poetic waters with. Hopefully, it will draw some interest, maybe spark a few sales for Valentines or spark some conversation, romance and consideration in an otherwise commercial and pretentious hollow-day.
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I don’t know if u’ll ever c yourself
the way I c u,
brand nu
jus like each time
c’n u 4 the 1st time
jus as fine,
attractin byond the twist
an’ clothes
an’ the way that wide
open smile wrinkles your nose
but like I’ve never seen u b4
an’ not like the hesitant meetin
of strangers greetin 4 the very 1st time
but the ntimate knowledge of friends
catchin each others attentions
over an’ over again an’ again
jus when I feel I getta a grip on u
I trip an’ u make me feel brand nu.
jus like the 1st time u hear nu words
n the lines of lyrics u thought u knew
gurl I get xcited jus listenin 2 u
holdin my attention byond the condition
of needin 2 concentrate on myself
can’t keep my mind on nuthin else
like 4play
takin the time 2 talk about your day
an’ what it was like
growin up round your way
an’ the things the elders used say
an’ the hurdles u face
an’ the dragons’ u slay
an’ the scars u got along the way
standin alone standin strong
fendin off the attacks holdin back
the tears the fears an’ your nsecurities
makes me wanna come 2 your rescue
rise 2 the occasion 2 b a better man 4 u
wish I had better prepared 4 u
but u c I didn’t b’lieve n u
didn’t knew u exist
thought u were an illusion
a slight of hand
some magic trick
made ‘tween the pages
of fantasy an’ myth
4 others 2 fancy an’ wish
an' distract my attention
from the real mission
of workin 4 afrikan liberation
u c I earn’d my degree n this philosophy
an’ was busy tryin 2 recruit prospective members of a harem
when u came out of left field
blind-sided me
left the holes n my theorem revealed
shined on me effortlessly
an’ I put up no resistance
surrender’d willingly all my pride an’ defenses
nose open wide heart n hand sensitive
an’ now I’m a disciple an’ you’r my religion
b’cause I have faith n u
I know that God is real
cause only a miracle
could explain the way I feel
I c u wholly an’ clearly d’fined
from your head 2 your toes
all those mperfections u try 2 cover under make-up an’ loose fittin clothes
those blemishes marks an’ molds
those dimples creases an’ rolls
an’ each day it grows an’ it grows
the depth an’ breadth only wisdom knows
u challenge my reason an’ purpose 4 b’n
u occupy my thoughts an’ stay against my will
u sit n the pit of my stomach refusin 2 b still
u complete my sentences an’ punctuate my convictions
make cliché proverb an’ platitude scriptures
an’ I question my sanity
is this reality or

jus my imagination runnin away with me

that I wish we had history
so u would know instantly
the sincerity of what I’m sayin
u got my heart speakin n tongues
with words 2 weak 2 dfine
an’ I can’t capture faster
these thoughts run through my mind
so freely an’ deeply that
I apologize
2 all the gurls I'v hurt b4
bcause now I recognize
what it means 2 b n distress
so full u can’t catch your breath
fearful u might loose
what u should never possess
that if we never share another moment 2gether
I still will b bless’d
havin been better
2 have love an’ lost than
than never havin loved at all
you’r the promise my granny said
would come like a thief n the night
not when I was waitin or anticipatin
but when the time was right
when I had matured enuff
2 know its value on sight
an’ should cherish an’ treat as precious
not 2 b taken light or held 2 tight
cause love is an nduring gift
that wimmen come equippd
but when a man loves a woman
is sumthin unique like a comet or eclispe
an’ we may only get 1 chance at it
dependin on our spiritual status
an’ n spite of all my sins an’ transgressions
I’m still n favor
n the sight of the Creator
4 havin let u n2 my life
so If this don’t last
or come 2 past
like I want us 2
I’ll still b waitin
even till another ncarnatin 4 u
an’ u won’t b as hard 2 find
cause I’m gonna remember
I'd recognize u even n another race or gender
an’ we won’t waste as much time
distracted by other attractions
we gonna get better
learnin 2 grow old 2gether
til the world stops spinnin
an’ the sun don’t shine
an’ the last light collapses n on itself
takin with it all matter bhind
till the universe bgins nu,
that’s how long I’ll b lovin u
overwhelm me
surround an’ abound me
confound me
an’ I can’t explain an’ don’t care if I want 2
how u make me feel brand nu
sincerely, Kwabena Dinizulu
thank u
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gumbi Ortiz said 4427 days ago (February 8th, 2006)
this is what iam talkin about....
all this needs is her..him..and her again..!!! this is wonderful !! the grove
is killin... i will buy this cd!! let me know when and where!

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Macaudion said 4427 days ago (February 8th, 2006)
It shines...
And a right on! to your sir. This is beautiful. Exquisite is more the case.
Certainly, interest has been sparked... I wish you well in your attempts
to share this jewel. - Dion
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ToozDzChild said 4423 days ago (February 13th, 2006)
It shines...
thank you for your kind words.
I am sometimes insecure about my work, especially when introduced into a new
arena such as MacJams but specifically in light of the scrutiny of academic
precepts and notions of what is and what isn't poetry/art. I'm always pleased
when someone enjoys my art.

Kwabena Dinizulu aka ToozDzChild on
4LoversOnly@wmnf.org aka The FLO,
Tampa Bay's Longest Running Quiet Storm
Friday nites midnite - 3 am eastern on 88.5 ww
Check out my latest song called Anatomy of Seduction
datafunk said 4426 days ago (February 9th, 2006)
oh my
this was great! thanks for sharing this song, as far as I know, there was no song like yours here at macjams, well done!
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ToozDzChild said 4422 days ago (February 13th, 2006)
oh my
thanx datafunk. mayb we'll start a trend

Kwabena Dinizulu aka ToozDzChild on
4LoversOnly@wmnf.org aka The FLO,
Friday nites midnite - 3 am eastern
on Community FM 88.5 www.wmnf.org
Check out my latest song called Anatomy of Seduction
Cori Ander said 4426 days ago (February 9th, 2006)
Gee I wish I had just a little tiny bit of your verbability! Congratulations ...
or what should I say? Dig it a lot. Cool arrangement too. Gee!
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ToozDzChild said 4423 days ago (February 13th, 2006)
aw shucks, thanx <blush blush>

Kwabena Dinizulu aka ToozDzChild on
4LoversOnly@wmnf.org aka The FLO,
Friday nites midnite - 3 am eastern
on Community FM 88.5 www.wmnf.org
Check out my latest song called Anatomy of Seduction
thetiler said 4426 days ago (February 9th, 2006)
lots of beautiful words to go along with a
Nice musical groove.

Thanks for all the work you put into this. Quite a lyrical treat!
The music really fits in quite nicely as well. Like that slight sliding electric
guitar synth loop I guess etc. it is. Nice

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ToozDzChild said 4423 days ago (February 13th, 2006)
lots of beautiful words to go along with a
thanx thetiler
I'll let the young men at No Name know you appreciate their efforts. I'm not that
musically inclined to tell you what they did in the making of the loop but i will
ask and post it when I get an answer. Again thanx for listening

Kwabena Dinizulu aka ToozDzChild on
4LoversOnly@wmnf.org aka The FLO,
Friday nites midnite - 3 am eastern
on Community FM 88.5 www.wmnf.org
Check out my latest song called Anatomy of Seduction
alley-oop said 4426 days ago (February 10th, 2006)
ooo la la
Sweet smooth groove....nice...sweet
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J.A.Stewart said 4424 days ago (February 11th, 2006)
We ALL Shoulda Listened...
To what Granny said.

Of course the Good Book says pretty much the the same thing about
Death. ;-) They say, *Wisdom comes with age.* Truth is, it comes with
painful experience that we gain AS we age. Grannies generally get that.

I think you are on more solid ground with this piece, Tooz. And it is
something I am glad you shared here. At least, just maybe, it will help
bring some of the horses to the water.

I've been in these uncomfortable shoes. It aint no walk in the park.

Until we learn that he or she and *WE* are bigger than *ME* --- we're
all in for a topsy-turvy ride on the road of life.

Always good to observe the road signs on this journey... in this case
perhaps that *ME* is just *WE* ... turned upside-down. ;-)
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ToozDzChild said 4423 days ago (February 13th, 2006)
We ALL Shoulda Listened...
Joe your are so right. But you know hind sight is 20/20 and as those old folk
would say, youth is wasted on the young. I'm blessed to know now before it's
too late and hope that knowledge is some how redeemable.
Thanx for your comments

Kwabena Dinizulu aka ToozDzChild on
4LoversOnly@wmnf.org aka The FLO,
Friday nites midnite - 3 am eastern
on Community FM 88.5 www.wmnf.org
Check out my latest song called Anatomy of Seduction
MochaGrande said 4418 days ago (February 17th, 2006)
love it
keep it going, your passion is strong,,,,spread the love...
kepler said 4415 days ago (February 20th, 2006)
Nice expression! I agree with the prior comments -- very passionate
and straight-up!
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TMISSJAYEE said 4401 days ago (March 6th, 2006)
The value of love
"2 know its value on sight
an%u2019 should cherish an%u2019 treat as precious
not 2 b taken light" I like this verse words that should be lived by everyday. Keep it up a lesson is learned here
lalala said 3911 days ago (July 9th, 2007)
wow =)
this is amazing. you came to our school and read it to us (Northern Valley Regional High School in Old Tappan, New Jersey). this has so much feeling in it...i wish i could write like you do. i would definitely like to buy your cd...thank you so much for visiting. it would be wonderful if you came back...bye! =)
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