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The Meaning of Restraint Revenge – Baba Badji

Revenge is not politics. Revenge is Art.

A bitter burned body. Repression of selfhood. Madness is a gift.
Dilemma: accommodating death. Consider: absolute dirt. I eat it.
Appearance for a black body. Tragic by the fact that I was born branded.

Revenge is not politics. Revenge is art.

Although not all, in the word privilege, there is freedom, right?
I am a corroded alabaster & a monster in me forgot to breathe.
Finally, & If we could give everything for the color line psychosis.

Revenge is not politics. Revenge is art.

What are you afraid of/ don’t you love history? Slavery & Holocaust!
I create dangerously, to sever through lumber’s skin & crack the seed
Of my isolation. I am black America & Mama says, “be careful now / hear.”

Revenge is not politics. Revenge is art.

I don’t peel pungent mango-skin; I eat it raw. No problem, but I remove the nut of my
social being, where metaphors are not needed. Polishing aquiline hornets & thorns of
my inherent patois, will do. The nut of my hopelessness is complex since I am chained up.

Revenge is not politics. Revenge is art.