Years Ago….!

tree with rope


Years ago, they put a noose
around our necks for sure.
And now, they just shoot us,
They say our blood ain’t blue and pure.

Years ago, they came to see him,
while he was working in the field.
They told him his blood was bad.
Before I knew it, my man was killed.

Years ago, they said, “You’re free!”
Then they posted a sign instead.
I drank from a ‘colored only’ fountain,
slept in a ‘colored only’ motel bed.

I don’t see that sign no mo.
They hid it with a law.
They said, “No more segregation.”
But segregation was all I saw.

Slavery, it won’t no fun.
and Jim Crow was no joke.
But when King spoke on his dream
I said, “You know you ’bout to croak!”

Now, I sit on this ole stoop,
and I watch drug deals go down.
Don’t nobody want to hear from me,
I’m too old to wear a martyr’s crown.

But if you want a little advice,
live each moment like it’s your last.
Don’t expect too much from life
and you cannot change the past.

Written by,
Shelby I. Courtland
©2016 Shelby I. Courtland

15 thoughts on “Years Ago….!

    1. Thank you Dr. Bramhall! Sometimes, I ponder whether or not to post these types of poems, but then I consider that we must not forget; not that we can. But I also think it my duty to refute the lies that are in the textbooks or the fact that history is ignored by omission.

      Again, I thank you for the compliment on this one. It is much appreciated.

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  1. Deep, beautiful, sobering and real truth down to the last period. YOU should write a book and speak your truths at public podiums around this country – it would wake a lot of folks the hell up.

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    1. Awwww! That is such a lovely compliment Geo Gee! Me thinks I am too controversial. But then again, controversy seems to be what sells these days, only for all the wrong reasons.

      Geo Gee, if I could get my act together and sit still long enough to put a book together, and quite frankly, I have been working on one for years. It just gets put on the back burner because ‘life’ just will not settle down to let me get on with it. I have too many responsibilities, but I promise you that if things ever settle down a bit, I’ll dust off the pages I have written thus far and see if I can bring them to some sort of grand conclusion.

      And again, I thank you most sincerely for your kind words. They mean a great deal to me!

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      1. Here is a thought – you may have already written one book but don’t realize it- This powerful blog of yours! There have been bloggers who blogged within a certain genre (as you do) whose blogs were so powerful and popular they turned the posts into a bonifide book! In any event I’ll be one of the first to buy – autographed please LOL.


      2. Geo Gee, you’ve got me blushing! Well, I guess I need to do some archiving of my own content, look around for a publisher and if none will have me, then self-publish. Others have done it and I see no reason why I cannot. Heck! I could promote it and sell it on this very blog!

        Why, I thank you kindly for the idea Geo Gee! You DA Man! Yessiree!


    1. You guys are just the best! I am now swamped with offers to buy a book that has not even been started. I have been looking into publishers and I intend to send some of my work off to…get rejected, but I shall keep trying even if it gets rejected by 600 publishers. I will self-publish if need be and at least, I’ve got you and Kelley and Geo Gee already with cash in hand just waiting for my book to roll off the printing press. I shall be sure to exclaim over the enthusiasm for the book when I go, cap in hand, to the publishers. LOL! Just kidding about that!

      But seriously, I am going to get the lead out and get ta writin’ and get published! Thanks again Leslie!!! And when I hit the big time, I will make sure to extend an invitation for you and Kelley and Geo Gee to take center stage as my inspiration!

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      1. Shelby baby – we’re getting behind you and your talent baby and bringing dollars to prove it. Do your thang baby take it to the next level and be you 100 percent. Your vision your passion and your skills are going to harness success while slam dunking changes. Do it lady do it!


      2. I just LOVE my cheering squad! As I’ve already stated and I state it again, “You guys ARE THE BEST!!! Thank you!” I will try to do your faith in me, justice! Again, I thank you! And I really am overwhelmed at the outpouring of support, indeed, I am!


      3. Shelby that is the best news I’ve heard in a long time. You have a legacy there that must be heard and read. You go for it woman!


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