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Friday, April 08, 2011


by Ngoma

concentration camps at the ready
the gps was loaded
in the last flu shot
so be careful what you think
your brain's been tapped
your eyeball print too
a golden seal and rose hip dealer
was convicted yesterday
accused of practicing medicine without a license
in futurespeak north of carolina
the buddhist massage therapist tortured
for refusing to pray to jesus
koran burners blood runs deep thru the streets of kabul
the status of religious relationships are complicated
democracy doesn't live here anymore
got deported by homeland security
with the wrong gang colors
but you still think this can't happen
in this yet to be united states
pay attention wisconsin looks like animal farm
the future is now
the memory hole is constipated
with newspeak
causing earthquakes near Tokyo
you don't hear me though
living under the illusion that you're really free
thinking that the matrix is only a movie
fat sam's sold the contract for your liberty
and the white house promises a shut down
by the end of the week
oh say can't you see
the crow on the cradle
the eagle is dying
full of radiation
we made it through 1984
2012 will soon be
knocking at the door
raven squawking
never more

Ngoma is a performance poet, multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter and paradigm shifter, who for over 40 years has used culture as a tool to raise sociopolitical and spiritual consciousness through work that encourages critical thought.Poetry  published in African Voices Magazine, Long Shot Anthology, The Underwood Review, Signifyin' Harlem Review and 'bum Rush The Page/Def Poetry Jam Anthology& Poems On The Road To Peace and Let Loose On the World: Celebrating Amiri Baraka at 75. He was featured in the PBS Spoken Word Documentary, "The Apro-Poets" with Allen Ginsberg. Ngoma has hosted the slam at the Dr. Martin Luther King Festival of Social and Environmental Justice at Yale University for the past 14 years.  His latest C.D. State of Emergency: The Essential Ngoma is a 2 Disc "best of" compilation available on and iTunes.