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Prove It
Blondemaverick
Aug 18, 2017
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Transcribed from a spoken word improv night at O’Lounge, Song-tan, Republic of Korea. First performed by Blondemaverick, a.k.a Bloodjay 26/OCT/16.103Please respect copyright.PENANAXXCyydc4Tf
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I hate how everyone wants to pretend everything’s been all right all along103Please respect copyright.PENANAGQxvtrJCSL
Like a third of the country isn’t meeting the end of their lives in the wrong103Please respect copyright.PENANAzQY92qQMuS
How they can take a single, powerful “Matter”103Please respect copyright.PENANA9rQMZo0btU
And turn into a rug when it should be a banner!103Please respect copyright.PENANAq9KXFepoRh
They just sweep up problems as if they never existed103Please respect copyright.PENANAaq79AazqW3
When the best we on the high ground can do is assist instead of103Please respect copyright.PENANAj6v9TvyUH1
Resisting and desisting,103Please respect copyright.PENANAO8az6PNveE
Meanwhile everyone else fights to simply live with everything they are–their whole might!103Please respect copyright.PENANAMp5UyF5852
And they still all fall on the wayside103Please respect copyright.PENANAcp9Iy2d6WV
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I hate how all these kids are going out to play103Please respect copyright.PENANA7L3ik988Em
While gunshots reign and dirty water sprays and everyone’s praying, but nobody saves–!103Please respect copyright.PENANAMrMSmlxstD
But that’s a normal day for this neighborhood.103Please respect copyright.PENANAuG3DoBGCIC
And that sentence right there is meant to sit well, be chewed, and understood.103Please respect copyright.PENANAxQoB8JKgRp
Normalcy. Right. Well.103Please respect copyright.PENANADERqweL4Gf
There was this "normal" idea at the beginning of this country’s life that “all men are equal"–except some of them.103Please respect copyright.PENANAIaVLOknuX5
But we’ve come a long way since that time–103Please respect copyright.PENANA7vWv64eRl5
I hope to God, anyway.103Please respect copyright.PENANAhZK9pgnbl3
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So when a third of this country is being swept under the rug103Please respect copyright.PENANAq3emO2GcwE
I hope that doesn’t sit well with all, if not some.103Please respect copyright.PENANAhD9d9gin8E
There are no exceptions. No exemptions. Everyone is included now.103Please respect copyright.PENANAtpEey4uVfQ
Natives. Blacks. Hispanics. Even the Black and Hispanic cops.103Please respect copyright.PENANAZFTd1IgIUM
Out there living their free lives–Everyone getting shot.103Please respect copyright.PENANAmcqwqAMJYU
–BAM BAM–For one reason or another103Please respect copyright.PENANAnsk2GS6bOl
Brothers and sisters split. Mothers and fathers bereft of their children just quit.103Please respect copyright.PENANA1N0V02EhKz
And people wonder why the city goes to shit.103Please respect copyright.PENANA37LuDc4qV3
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People like to pretend, “Oh nothing’s wrong. Look about!”103Please respect copyright.PENANAkjvFmbxsml
While the house around them burns to the ground103Please respect copyright.PENANAOo9Pj9RXrB
But so help me God, if another one comes to my door with:103Please respect copyright.PENANAwuJiZmv4Mr
“Not just Black people–All lives matter! Take down that sign–just move it!"103Please respect copyright.PENANA77KCM7Njza
I’ll... (makes pounding fist motions, then restrains self)103Please respect copyright.PENANAFnyOcSY4Pp
ALL lives matter? 103Please respect copyright.PENANAGmUpFULaYy
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F*cking prove it.103Please respect copyright.PENANAC6FnIruwL3
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Comments ( 3 )

Jane Glass - Not sure that children should be blamed, but I love the point you're making here. Always thought this. By the way, you actually perform?
1 year agoreply

Blondemaverick - I participated in poetry slams before I got into stage comedy. Didn't usually write anything before hitting the limelight; just had a general idea and some memorized points to jump between. My buddy, Gris, recorded this one for me so I could write it down later because it got a pretty good response the first couple times I performed it :) Funny thing: it was different every time. I love that about some spoken word/improv poetry. It's always evolving.
1 year agoreply

Jane Glass - @Blondemaverick, That's really cool!
1 year agoreply

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