"I am from" by Josh Macksoni
JOSH MACKSONI | University of Bristol | Berkshire, UK & Zimbabwe
I am from ..... Where I'm from
I am from... always have been, never home always held by where I'm from
I am from... Black/white union and you ask me where I'm from?
I am from... Berkshire, but Zimbabwe's where I'm from
I am from... You wanna know about where I'm from?
I am from... trips to the home country while I'm left at hom with mum
I am from... Wondering how much longer youll be gone
I am from.. ear to ear when youre back here, I knew you would
Fear appears in mirror when I realise you might not
I am from... Accepting things are different where I'm from
Neglecting the addressing of the differences I've got-
ta be honest I've never wanted to to talk on it a lot
How could I when ebonics aint supported where I'm from
I am from... An island, no mans like me where I'm from
With guiding hands to holds and wide shoulders I could ride upon
Or hide behind, with whom I could identify
Made sense of why I went to try pretend and lie, "it aint a mind"
I am from... Never knew, but never spent a lot .
Of time reflectin on effect it had upon a bredders thought
Connecting with a sense of self, dependent on a fragile con-
Ception of just who I am and an estimate of where I'm from
I am from... Never knew, but come to learn a lot
The world turned upon its head's incentive for some change to drop
In cents I got a sense of all the emptiness I'd shut and locked
Away to help accept an estimation 'bout just where I'm from
found pac, I'd found Lamar, found J.Cole I found outkast
Found I found fraternity but fled from fear of feeling black
Found, forgoing father figure, familiarity in tracks
But fracture for lack African influence I have had
I am from... Bearing soul on pad to show no one
Never share unless prepared to let em know your care so much
Where "everyone's accepted" hard expressing feeling severed from
The rest because despite possessing extra melanin, "that's okay, there's nothing wrong" ...
Hear the whole song here on Soundcloud.