July 7, 2016

A poem by Mikel K: "I'm a challenge to the process."

Mikel K is a poet and memoirist living in Atlanta, Ga. Mikel K was voted best Atlanta Poet, the last three years in a row, by readers of Creative Loafing, Atlanta's weekly newspaper. He has a BS in English with a minor in Journalism from Georgia State University. Poetry by Mikel K has appeared in: Subtle Tea, Inbetween Hangovers, Dissident Voice, Dead Snakes, Poeticus, and other literary journals. He was a music columnist for a number of years, covering the Atlanta music scene and worked as a freelancer for The Atlanta Journal Constitution. You can buy a book by Mikel K at http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/mikelkpoet

I'm a challenge to the process

I'm so dangerous
I'm a challenge to the process
of evolution
revolution is my solution
not bloody
but of the mind.

Be kind to everybody
don't screw your brother for a buck
help those down on their luck.

Fuck the millionaire
and his money
he doesn't care about the
man in the ghetto
wants to keep him down
I'm no clown
got a family to raise
when I was younger
I used to run around in a drunken daze
see the malt liquor commercial
on the billboard bordering
the bad side of town.

What's so dangerous about being
poor and black?
Cut me some slack
they killed the Indians
they killed John Lennon
they'll kill you and me
for trying to get to higher ground
we've got to get it down.

I'm so dangerous
I'm a challenge to the process
judge's gavel can't bring me
I quit wearing the uniform of conformity.
you might not look normal to me
you might not like what I say
but I say it in the name of freedom
not for pay.
I'm a challenge to the process.

Mikel K

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