The projector was rolling when some vapor trails crossed the beam, so I whipped out my camera (like it is ever not with me) and snapped this cool looking image.
You lied to me
You told me, that it was, just, going to be a ride, on your bike
Now, I am not upset that you lied to me; looking back…
But you still lied to me
If you would have told me then, when it was in the middle of winter, raining, icy-cold and too late to catch a bus home
because we stayed out all night studying,
that I was about to sign up for the love of my life, the greatest partner I would ever have, some of the most emotional fights and passionate nights…
I probably would have run for the hills half-naked and risked the frostbite crossing over Seattle to get home walking for hours in the rain, snow, slush crap that we get here, to get away from your bike
Which was the fastest way home, and I had class the next morning,
Love, terrifies me,
and back then I didn’t what a thing to do with it
Not even a nice little romp in the sheets, with no strings attached
because I am a Pinocchio with big dreams and a heart worn on my sleeves, and strings that reach from my most intimates, dangling behind me, blowing in the wind getting caught in everything I cannot detach my heart from
And I’m sorry, I must be failing as a man, but I just cannot detach my heart from my intimate connection with another human being
There is no, just romping, in the sheets for me
And I had been through the ringer with this whole love thing, had my heart torn out, stomped on and spit on, laughed at, disregarded, burned, pushed aside, forgotten…
And I had failed those who loved me, violated trusts, got too busy in saving the world to remember she needed me too, until she left me because she wasn’t receiving the attention and affection she needed me too
I was not a good lover and love terrified me
More importantly though, I already loved you and did not want to accept that as a reality
But I thought, it’s just a ride on your bike, and its cold outside, shes the homie, my study buddy
Never in a million years would I have ever thought that you were crushing on me
Funny thing is, you were testing me to see if I could check my male privilege, my patriarchal tendencies, and jump on the back of a bike being driven by a woman
Fuck a patriarchy, you are a boss, a king, always have been and always will be
and if men were so good at running things, just because they are men, then why do we have so much Hell in the world today with all its attendant sufferings?
You stuffed this helmet on my head, condensing and smashing all of the ego that surrounds my better nature, which blocks me from the sunlight of the spirit of who I was born to be, and you knocked me back down to size, which is the true definition of humility,
but you were also trying to save my life in the event of the unlikely circumstance of a crash
And as hard as I tried to fight it, not because I was afraid of a woman being in control, but rather, because I was afraid to lose control over my affection for you; I hesitated climbing onto your bike
And you turned around, in that wonderful way you always do, annoyed as shit because I am not moving fast enough for you, unaware of what was really running through my mind at the time
How am I going to hold on to her and not fall madly in love with her?
she will know, and I will be exposed!
And you yelled at me “Get On!”
As I climbed onto your bike and slid into the seat, wrapping my arms around you, all my fear melted away and I realized that there was in place on the world, and no person that I wanted be with more than you in that moment, right there.
Thank you for lying to me, sometimes that’s just what we need to bring us to where we belong
and it brought me to you, MyHeart, I love you.
So seldom does the photographer get to become part of the art and the vision shared with the world. However, sometimes accidents turn out to be quite spectacular. I wanted to capture the image of Seattle’s downtown while riding the Light Rail southbound, but the reflective glare of the windows were impeding my ability to do that. Instead of becoming frustrated, I decided to use the reflection to my advantage and used the lens of my camera as a static fixture in this piece and used my body as the back-drop thus, making the city part of me and myself part of the city. Then I edited the picture to draw out the colors beyond the reflection and viola, a beautiful picture emerges.
Creativity and innovation are necessary ingredients to a good and happy life full of growth.
I selected these materials because stones are immutable, i.e., ten years from now, a hundred years from now, a thousand years from now they will still be essentially what they are today. However, their outward appearances may be altered a little bit depending upon what circumstances they face over time. This to me seems equitable with the varying representations of these figures throughout time. Their essences seem to hold static, but their outward appearances and some of the minor interior nuances have tended to shift over time and between cultures. So, the selection of this medium, seems to me, more than satisfactory to represent how these figures are and have been represented differently by different peoples.
In regard to the selection of crystal to represent the Christ, as you can see, the light shines from a source beyond through unto the audience. In all the representations of the Christ that I have been acquainted with is the theme of the Christ being the light: “In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in the darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not” (St. John, ch., 1. vs. 4-5). This seems to be very consistent, i.e., the Christ is represented as shining light onto the world. A common and more traditional representation of this is the use of the halo and the crystal medium functions as a comparable representation of this.
New track from the “Rappers = Nerds” project, ‘Collegiate Rapper’ byRenaissance The Poet a student at the University of Washington and prior co-creator and co-host of The Cornerstone Open Mic & Artist Showcase.
This project is about building the community, and empowering ourselves through education and this song is about the struggle a young minority faces while dealing with the system of higher education.
For some background on the song check out:
Started on this track, way back, but never thought I’d make it
Pain is over-rated, fated, to be illustrated
So to demonstrate it, the facts originated,
Inside the heart of a mind, addicted to rhyme, that’ll never be faded
See, seein ain’t believing, but reason the season needed
Feed it, like a stomach and read it until defeated
Would ya believe it, I succeeded?
Beat it, and now it’s more that I’m needin?
Feanin for readin like treasures or women, shit, I’m a heathen! I’m breathin
Dreamin, while feadin off demons
gleamin the realist of feelins
As They, surface to meanings,
I mean I’m seein the end
as I be turnin the bend
Of desire, fires of love
burn inside of this man
Passion’s more than enough, to accomplish my plan
My Intellect sure helps, as I seek to expand
the limits, and the boarders, of all that I am
As a Rapper and a Poet with a Bachelor’s in Hand
Who’d have thought, who not, that I would go to college
Go to get that knowledge, polished, rivalin scholars
Spendin all them dollars, to rise up out the garbage
The steep end of the heap, deep, leaping from the trenches of Martyrs
Me, never thought I’d see it, sobeit that I’m not dreamin
See it, I’m in these classes, & I, still hardly believe it
But must concede it, In to the Realist
Chapter of my life, and into the illist, challenges, so fearless,
But Humility the dearest
Because, when it comes to the task,
alone is a mask, that’s worn in a dash,
the rash are reluctant to ask, for help in a smash
but how are they goona pass their classes
When they’re movin so fast, they can’t, hold onto their asses
the masses drownin , assignments are mountain
& he with the skill surpasses
Expectations, foresight insufficient to displace this
Boils down to relations, and who we orbit in these space ships
Cause this is a foreign land, for a man, who should be in prison
Not at the UW, doing the best that he can, to earn degrees,
Can you feel this?
I walked into school, cool, with one goal to find
Earn a Law Degree, complete, with an opened mind
Shatter the glass ceiling, pealing, the feelings denied
Breaking the cycle, inventing the Michael, and vetting out all of the lies
Free, or so I thought, the plot, coined me enemy
I’m black, and I rap, that there, the center piece
Of their argument, I must be ignorant, try’n to be
& try’n to see, more than was destined to me, more than being a thug in the streets
But why, supply the American Dream
If the plan was to hold it from me
But they don’t understand that I walk with a team
Composed of friends and family
Who will never see me fail
cuz I fight for them like they fight for me
and together, we trudge this hell
So, no I won’t be giving up
Renaissance ain’t had enough
Graduating Valedictorian, just the beginning of
My struggle to become a lawyer
at the UW
A dream once impossible
A crude bluff
Dreams, are how it all begins
Dreams, are what define the ends
Dreams, are not just latent plans
Dreams, are what define the man
Beats, instrumentals, music…
That is what the lifeblood of a great track is composed.
It may be the lyrics of the song that make it unique but it is definitely the beat that makes those words stand out against the cacophony of artists vying for attention.
If you are looking to stand out than I have just what you are looking for at:
Here is a taste of what MusicaDiction Beats has to offer
I am a student at the University of Washington and just graduated from North Seattle Community College and I think that those of you who are in colleges, universities or high schools you will be able to relate to this song. This song is about the pressure that surmounts as I enter into finals week with all of its incumbent pressure and utter craziness. I made this song both to decompress from all of the stress and to share a method with you that I have found to help with it all. The first verse unfortunately is not the complete story, this just a sneak peak. The completed version will be released spring 2014.
I just tried a few new things with this track and I am wondering if I should pursue making this instrumental, which is quite experimental on my part, into a full song. I decided to give you all an option to weigh in on this one and help me to create the product that you want to hear.
Check out https://www.facebook.com/renaissancethepoet.official or https://twitter.com/RenaissanceTP for more details on what is going on currently. Or for information on my up and coming project you can always check out my press release page at https://renaissancethepoet.wordpress.com/music-and-poetry/
I look forward to reading your opinions and hope that everyone is having a wonderful winter so far. Happy Holidays.