Kalonjee Gallimore

June 5th, 2020

Kalonjee Gallimore, a brilliant actor/singer/songwriter, with whom I worked in COMMON GROUND expressed his feeling of the current state of affairs as only artists could. I'll be talking to him next week in the PassionPit. Meantime ... he wrote this ...
 
I look around and I watch the world burn.
Elders.. pass the baton sayin’ now it’s my turn.
Covered, head to toe in their ashes I yearn
For lessons untaught, knowledge unlearned.
 
We turn from Sudan, weep for Quasimodo,
Instead of action use a hashtag and a photo.
Infatuated with the likes and the Logos,
But how to get out of this mess, don’t know
 
Can’t even take even take a jog in the street
This mask ain’t the reason I can’t breath
Ankle weights pull me down, locked ‘gainst my feet
But hands up, I guess they staying on me
 
I keep running, faster to you
Running until I breakthrough, running
I keep running, faster to you
Running until I breakthrough, runnin-(Gunshot)
 
RIP…no justice, no peace
And the way this world headed this conflict won’t cease
I was raised to forgive, to love my enemies
But it’s hard when their hatred founded this country
 
Listen to me this, this is not just a rhyme
This is reckless destruction of countless lives
I’m sick and tired of being so tired
We cry into void while you bump Travis Scott
 
Scavenge upon my flesh you vulture
Terminate me, but love my culture
Idolize rappers, ballers, actors
Do you love us, I bet you don’t, ’cause-
 
Gone, before mom could say goodbye -
Bullet in my brain, hands up in the sky -
It’s not safe at home, at church, or outside I just turn into that pound sign and die.
 
I keep running, faster to you
Running until I breakthrough, running (I’m tired of being tired of being tired of being tired)
I keep running, faster to you
Running until I breakthrough, runnin-(Gunshot) (I’m tired of being tired of being tired of being tired)
 
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