When an oppressor dictates

how the oppressed can and should protest

it is apparent equality or freedom does not exist

This is the oppressor’s proverbial knee

pressed firmly upon the throat of the people

And any who supports oppression is an oppressor

The Fifth Element

By my ratiocination there exists five elements as the basis of life, four of which are widely accepted as fire, wind, water, and earth; above all of these elements rest the fifth element—art, for it is the materialization of the renown four.

 —Tshombe Sekou, The Poet

when you are happy with yourself you don’t have to dream of having someone else’s life; if your life is a struggle survive it because the truth is we all are struggling no matter our status.

Be happy with yourself and the rest won’t matter.

…we look at the same world with eyes and see differently: where I see order you define chaos; where you see war I see a chance for peace; where you see poverty I see happiness, and where you see a mad man I see a poet.