Don’t Judge The Things I Do!

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Dunk me in a martini glass.
Shower me with LSD.
Shoot me up with heroin.
Now that is ecstasy!

Fill my champagne flute,
I’ll take another shot.
Hold the ice if you please!
Oh yes, that hit the spot!

Don’t judge the things I do
to make it through the day.
I’m not cut out for slavery
just because I’ve bills to pay.

The boss is on my back.
My fate is in his hands
I do what needs to be done
and still, he makes demands.

I need so many drugs
since life, it ain’t a beach
nor a picnic in the woods
and freedom is out of reach.

They lock me up and I get out
and I go back to my ways.
What they don’t seem to know
is that on me, the vulture preys.

Capitalism, it is a bitch
Its chains, I cannot break;
It’s killing me slow and sure,
but much faster than the drugs I take.

Written by,
Shelby I. Courtland
©2015 Shelby I. Courtland

We Continue With The Illusion!

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Ask yourself, “Why?”

Why am I not prepared to die

So that my children can be free

And not indentured like you and me?

Though we are paid to toil away

We can never take a holiday

The bills just pile up higher

Why don’t we light the fire

And burn our debt to ash

and watch the Wall Street crash?

Never mind, that ship has sailed

Because on our children, yes, we bailed.

They are simply not worth the stress

And so we put up with the mess,

For if we bow before our masters

And pay tithes to hypocrite pastors

We continue with the illusion

That freedom is not a delusion

And democracy is alive and well

and we hear the ringing of liberty’s bell.

No, death has come to our future

thanks to your apathetic and complacent stupor!

 

Written by,

Shelby I. Courtland

©2015 Shelby I. Courtland

 

 

We Turn A Blind Eye!

 

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Drones strike nearby

Innocent children die

Widowed mothers cry

Missiles cross the sky

Our bloodlust, we satisfy

Treaties, we nullify

Israel, we gratify

Torture, we justify

The truth, we classify

Countries, we occupy

The innocent, we vilify

Murder, we glorify

The media prints the lie

Their bullshit, we gladly buy

The world, we terrify

We don’t question, “Why?”

Silently, we comply

We’ll eat our apple pie

on the fourth of this July

and drink and just get high

since freedom does not apply

And justice has no ally

We turn a blind eye

to the horrors,  we can’t deny.

Written by,

Shelby I. Courtland

©2015 Shelby I. Courtland

Recognize yourself in this one? I am sure you do! Now, you can look away from the truth of this one if you want, but the shoe fits and you are wearing it; stupid, clueless Americans! And while I am at it, let me disabuse you of the notion that there is anything, ANYTHING at all exceptional about you, ’cause there ain’t! I do realize that since there is nothing but air in the space between your ears, you’re finding this hard to absorb. Let me make it more clear for you. You are a stupid, useless fuck! You think the world revolves around you because you are an American. Newsfuckingflash, it SO doesn’t and you are simply a piece of shit that just refuses to get flushed down the goddamn toilet despite my many attempts to flush the lot of you, down! You ain’t getting flushed for lack of my trying and that is for damn sure!

 

The Flag Has Been Replaced!

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The flag has been replaced,

and freedom has been displaced,

to a cold and lonely grave,

along with another slave.

The flag’s new color scheme,

does not share in Dr. King’s dream,

that he dreamt in days long gone,

when he marched for a brighter dawn,

and for our basic human rights,

rights enjoyed by all the whites.

The flag is black and blue,

and red is its color too.

It stands for all Black men,

confined in the new slave pen.

Red is the color they bleed,

because of supremacy’s creed.

Blue is the color of woe,

it’s long been the Black man’s foe.

Wherever there’s a cop in blue,

you WILL bid a Black man, “Adieu!”

Yes Black is under attack,

so please watch each other’s back.

They know we have no place to go,

because they stole us so long ago!

Written by,
Shelby I. Courtland
©2014 Shelby I. Courtland

The Amerikkkan flag don’t mean shit to me because it was never meant FOR me. So, I’ll never salute it or claim to fight for it! To hell with it and fuck it!

I Am Clothed By Melanin!

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You tell me to strip and to hide my shame,
I try not to notice that you are standing there.
You point out my distinguishing marks.
I cannot look at you and so at the wall, I stare.

You make a note of the tattoo on my right shoulder.
And now, I am to squat, spread my cheeks and cough.
Stripped bare of my clothing and of my dignity.
the last vestiges of my humanity has been castoff.

I stand naked and bewildered in the new slave market,
and I wait for the punishment that I know is in store.
For Massa is an evil and twisted bastard without a heart.
To him, I have always been an animal and I can’t even the score.

Herded to the showers, how can I ever become clean again?
No hope of a reprieve for I am handed over to my enemy.
Where is my salvation and where is the white man’s god?
But I am no longer a man, a number is now my identity.

When will the laws of the white man be applied to him?
I look out and see a sea of faces with complexions like mine.
How is it that all of us are bad and hid away from society?
Why hate me because I am not like you, pink like swine?

Stare at my nakedness and still I am clothed by melanin.
Try and shame me if you will but your nakedness is a blight
Your paleness defies the same sun that blessed me with beauty.
I stand before you in all my naked glory even in the harshest light.

You cannot destroy me though you try and whip me into subjugation.
I am a trial to you because I will not bend and break from torture.
As cruel as you are, I am the one who must pay in isolation.
But you will not strip my people of our true and beautiful culture.

Live my people and flourish though I remain behind these bars.
Do not mingle with that which must destroy your freedom.
For only by destroying you will Massa feel he has power.
Never give in for one day, you shall rule your kingdom.

Written by,
Shelby I. Courtland
©2014 Shelby I. Courtland

What Is Freedom?

Bob Marley

What is freedom, but a word.
It doesn’t mean a thing.
We shall crawl and never get up.
Our voices forgot how to sing.

This rope encircling our necks,
tightens when we pull away.
Not far are we allowed to go,
only our thoughts are left to stray.

As slaves, we have no rights,
nor can we escape the darkness ahead.
There’ll be no flame to burn the noose,
and put an end to tyranny’s spread.

Our burden is of our own making.
With the devil, we made a deal.
If he let’s us live in bondage,
on bended knee, we’ll kneel.


Written by,
Shelby I. Courtland
©2014 Shelby I. Courtland

A ‘Copper’ Colored Cloak!

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Little girl, you’re just a penny, a copper colored runt.
You were never worth a quarter, that’s always out in front.
Get behind this here dime, even a nickel has you beat.
For that copper shell you wear, you’ll always take the heat.

This is where you stand, see the ‘colored only’ sign?
Your color denotes your rank, now get in the other line.
You thirst for a drink of water, too bad your mother’s poor.
We refuse to serve your kind and don’t you come here anymore.

The ghetto is your home, it’s where you all belong.
It’s because you’re copper colored and that is oh so wrong.
Best not to think you’ll ever know fame and fortune’s smile.
You’ll always be the least of us and never worth our while.

No taste or hint of freedom will you pennies ever know.
Your wings have long been clipped and they will never grow.
The deck was stacked against you before you were ever born
and though your cloak is strong, it’s the worst you could have worn.


Written by,
Shelby I. Courtland
©2014 Shelby I. Courtland

What Freedom?

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So, you want to fight FOR your country. Why? You want to fight for your country because you’re protecting freedom. Isn’t that right? You want to fight for your country because your country will take care of you and your family while you fight for your country. Isn’t that how it goes? You can’t find a job and so you don a military uniform, grab a weapon and defend America against what, an enemy that is threatening the freedom of Americans? Let me clue you in on something, Americans have never known what freedom is.

First of all, have you taken a good look around lately at what America is descending into? America is descending into a military state. Americans no longer have any rights, much less a goddamn hint of freedom. What you claim to be defending by fighting for never existed. You’re fighting and you don’t even know why. To those who start the wars and conflicts that you are sent into to fight, you are nothing. You are expendable. You are cannon fodder and even you don’t have any rights. You don’t even have the right to see war crimes committed and speak out against them because if you do, you’ll be imprisoned, just ask Chelsea Manning about rights and freedom. Is this the America that you are fighting for, an America that claims to stand for freedom? That shit has always been bullshit and we ALL know that. When the founding fathers sat down and penned the Declaration of Independence, there was no freedom for all. There was no “we hold these truths to be self-evident that ALL men are created equal…endowed with certain unalienable rights.” Many of the founding fathers owned slaves and even though American history has been whitewashed and fucked with, we ALL know that the slaves were not included in any ‘freedom for all’ bullshit. We know that hypocrites stole this country from the original inhabitants, the indigenous peoples. The Indians were also excluded from that ‘freedom for all’, bullshit and don’t you know it!

Now, fast forward to today and tell me, what has changed? The game is still the same, only the names of the hypocrites have changed. You are fighting for a country that never intended to stand for freedom for all. That is just a mere word to give you a false sense of patriotism and to get you to fight for some ‘freedom’ bullshit that never was and never will be. You are fighting for a cause that NEVER WAS. There was never any intention of America standing for freedom for all, just a select few. And guess what? You’re not included in that select few, just as I’m not. But the difference is that I’ve always known this and you have been fooled into believing that you were one of the chosen, the few, the proud, the military. Oh, didn’t that just make you feel so damn good? When you stepped out in that uniform, you didn’t see it, but I did. Your uniform had ‘SUCKER!’ written all over it and I bet you also failed to see the ‘bull’s-eye’ that was located right in the center of your forehead. You are nothing more than a hired gun and a poorly paid hired gun at that. It’s just a ‘job’ to you. It’s not personal. But there, you are wrong because it is extremely personal when you kill someone who has done not a goddamn thing to you. It is extremely personal to that man, woman and child that you murdered in THEIR country, not YOURS. You didn’t even have a right to be there. What about their freedom? Freedom ain’t meant just for you. They were fighting you because you were infringing on THEIR freedom by your very unwelcome presence in their country. You did not have a reason to shoot not one single person in Iraq. You had no goddamn reason to shoot one single person in Afghanistan and guess what? That’s on YOU! You chose to don that uniform, pick up that weapon and simply do as you’re told without question. Even if you knew it was wrong and you did know, you still went right ahead and pointed your weapon and fired and people who had done not a goddamn thing to you, died.

So let’s say that somehow, you make it back to America and what happens? Your family is grateful to have you home, the only thing is, you’re not all of a piece. You’re missing a limb and if you’re not missing a limb, your brain is fucked up. You can’t seem to function and the family is complaining that there ain’t enough food to eat and so what do you do? You sign up for public assistance and when that ain’t enough, the next thing you know, you’re all homeless. Now, you’re not worth shit to anyone, not to your country, not to your family and not to yourself. And you begin to ask yourself, “what was it all for?” And the answer ain’t pretty because the answer is that it was all for nothing. You killed someone, not for freedom, not for democracy, not for justice, not for human rights. You killed someone because the elite warmonger fucks just wanted to continue to line their pockets and the pockets of those who sent you into foreign lands to kill or be killed and they didn’t give a damn about you and they damn sure didn’t give a damn about your family or what happens to you if you can no longer perform. You’re a ‘has been’. You’re like a horse with a broken leg. They’d rather ‘put you down’ then continue to feed and house and clothe you because the warmongers only want you when you’re able to carry out your ‘duty’ of killing and when you’re no longer up to the job because your limbs are missing or your mind is fucked up beyond hope from witnessing some horrifying shit, you’re a liability. You’re no longer an asset, so then, you must get ta steppin’ and they don’t hardly care where you step nor whether you’ve got a leg left to stand on.

By all means, keep pretending that you are fighting for a country that stands for freedom for all and because you think that if you fight for your country, your country will fight for you. If that were the case, then why are so many veterans, homeless? How is your ‘freedom loving’ America fighting for your ass? Why are so many people incarcerated in America? How is ‘freedom’ working out for them when we incarcerate more people than all other developed countries, combined?

If America stands for freedom for all then why the need to kill to obtain that when no country has attacked America since the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941? If Americans are so free, then why must Americans get radiated in order to board an airplane? If Americans are so free, why are Americans spied on every single day by America’s NSA program? Are we all terrorists? If Americans are so free, why are people being detained without due process? If America is all about freedom, then why are innocent people killed by drone strikes all over the world? If America is all about freedom for all then why are military bases all over the world, to ensure freedom for everyone? You know better than that. How can you not fail to understand that the very threat to freedom is coming from you? Yeah, you….the one who is wielding the weapon that is meant to kill an enemy you never had. That is why that at the end of the day, when all is said and done, you will either go insane because you will finally understand that what you have been doing goes against the very idea of freedom and how freedom is born because freedom can never be propagated by using military force or you will become that which is what the warmongers champion, an empty, evil shell that may have once housed a human, but whose humanity has now, fled the building. You will have become freedom’s mortal enemy.

Put down your weapon and let the warmongers fight their own battles. See how many wars they start then. And remember this sad little fact; there are no homeless elite warmonger fucks, just homeless veterans, both male and female. There are no hungry elite warmonger fucks, but there are plenty of hungry veterans lining up at soup kitchens every single day. Remember that when you’re told that the only way to bring freedom to the world is by picking up a weapon. America doesn’t even know what freedom means because America never stood for freedom and it never will and when it comes to fighting for you, when you are no longer any use to the warmongers, you’re on your own.

A World Of Debt

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I have turned purple and I have turned blue.

And still, I cannot get through to you.

What more is left for me to say?

Nothing changes from day to day.

 

The time for action will pass us by.

I wring my hands but my eyes are dry.

Face set in stone, teeth are clenched.

Throat muscles tight; nostrils are pinched.

 

For the day of reckoning, I am prepared.

With nothing to lose; why should I be scared?

Our freedoms are gone and justice is dead.

Liberty resides in a padlocked shed.

 

Take my hand; do not let it go.

Together we stand against our foe.

We will not lean and we will not fall.

We have heard the cry; we must heed the call.

 

How did we get so much in debt?

Those who would own us will soon collect.

Do you really want to become their slave?

Whose debt has a banker ever forgave?

 

Written by,

Shelby I. Courtland

© 2013 Shelby I. Courtland

 

 

 

“Hail The New World Order!”

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They sat around complaining that they were a dollar short.

Then they turned upon the poor and beat them just for sport.

The Inquisitor arrived and ascended to the throne.

He begged freedom’s pardon as he cut her to the bone.

An eerie cry was heard to echo ‘round the chamber,

It awakened sweet justice from her deep and dreamless slumber.

The banshee wail of death bespoke of her demise.

Freedom was removed; the world would be the prize.

A battle for the throne was fought without delay.

Hail, the New World Order, they’re about to put in play.

The peons saw it coming but kept up with the pretense.

The knights were on their steed, their stance bespoke defense.

The courtyard erupted with the clash of steel on steel.

As the fiercest battle raged, there was none who would not kill

to reign in freedom’s stead and to grasp the scepters head.

The rivers soon would flow with the blood of the dead.

I awoke from this dream, believing we had gained some sense,

Alas, what was I thinking, we’ll just keep up the pretense.

Written by,

Shelby I. Courtland

©2013 Shelby I. Courtland