Poem on the Eve of Bob Marley’s 66th Birthday


Awoke this morning

Rain upon the window

Syncopated music of ancient ways

Crying tears for the oppressed

Offering water for the thirsty

Looking for redemption on the way back to the sea


Bob Marley rose up in a poor village

Part Africa – part England – brewed in Jamaica

Strong coffee mixed with cream

Poured out as a wakeup for the world

Singing, “Don’t worry ‘bout a thing,

‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right”


Fighting for survival

Armed with songs of freedom

Rhythmic swaying emancipates our minds

While wailing our harmonies

As we dance towards the future

Looking for redemption on the way back to the sea


by: A.E. Black © 2/5/2011

Written in tribute to the service of Sufia and Seitu Amenwashu to the people of South Carolina.


About The Poet: A.E. Black is a poet, writer, and strong supporter of the arts.  He hails from Indiana and now lives in South Carolina with his beloved wife.  Al Bee as he’s known to most is the creator and host of “Mind Gravy Poetry Venue: Poems sliced thin drenched in gravy of dreams forgot.”  Mind Gravy is 2nd and 4th Wednesday at the Artsy Fartsy Art Gallery & Coffee Bar located on Knox Abbott drive approximately a mile from University of SC – Columbia campus.  Al features a poet and musical artist as well as an open mic session; interested artist can email him at albeemindgravy@gmail.com.


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