American Trees

 

By Dareece Walker

 

 

American Trees bearing strange fruit

Chopped down our family trees, to hide a genocidal truth

Blood on the leaves, centuries of roots

The rose that grew from concrete, young gifted and black youth

 

They thought I was a fallen angel, really I just floated down

I saw the fallen on the way, they was tryin to hold me down

The fallen could never hold me back, tho they back stab, and take that back

St. Michael got the weapons, passed me 1 like 'hold dat'

When you see the evils, use this weapon, never hold back

Life is such theatre, each daily act deserves a slow clap

Like every time I pass a cop I hope that they don't ask me nothin,

Who are you, what you doing here, you got I.D? Well show me something

Every year they let me know that I fit the description

For Black Americans, faith in cops is such a bad religion.

I watched Dylan Roofs arrest, they handled him like a kitten

I know some good cops, they just get drowned out by the system

Of sounds and images that promote my worth

Athlete, jail bird, or riding in a hurst.

What's worse is as I rhyme this poetry some think I'm a rapper

They would call me a poet but his styles a bit blacker

My ancestors weren't allowed to read, now I'm black with a Masters

Fuck You! to my great great grandfather's entrapper

You cant stop my people from finding education

The Government admitted to MLK’s assassination

 

American Trees bearing strange fruit

Chopped down our family trees, to hide a genocidal truth

Blood on the leaves, centuries of Roots

The rose that grew from concrete, The young gifted and black youth

Dáreece Walker is a Visual Artist that creates figurative narrative paintings, drawings and sculpture, that combines race, identity and sociopolitical critique. Currently living and working in Brooklyn, NY, recent shows include “Black Is The Giant”, a solo show at Long Gallery in Harlem, NY, The 2017 Governors Island Art Fair, NY, and “Force/Resistance," currently on view at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. His cardboard work has been published in New American Paintings and is in the University of Colorado permanent collection.

 

The images included with this text are of charcoal on cardboard artwork recently created by Dáreece Walker in 2017. 

 

Visit the artist's website at www.DareeceJWalker.com for more information.