“The role of the artist is exactly the same as the role of the lover. If I love you, I have to make you conscious o the things you don’t see.”
“Now keep in mind that I’m an artist, and I’m sensitive about my shit.”
When I write, I like to be relatable. I want people to be able to see themselves in my work, hear their stories through my work, overcome trials and declare triumph through my work. I want people to laugh when they hear my work after wiping their tears of a hard da. I want people to be like, “Damn, I was there now look where I’m at.” I want people to be like, “Damn, he went through what I’m going through, I can make it too!” I just wanna write poems that will be quotable like Maya, James, Nikki, Shakespeare, Essence. I wanna write poems.
I wanna write poems that make people feel good
Poems that make people in the hood and the suburbs can relate too
Poems that you dedicate to;
People you love so much
You can’t put it into your own words
So; you use somebody else’s.
I wanna write poems to change someone’s mind
(Not to brainwash)
But to shift paradigms
But to share my expertise through my experience .
I want my poems to be an experience
Like your first bike ride
Like your first kiss
Like your first time
Like your… first heartbreak
Like your… first death in the family.
I wanna write poems that’ll make you laugh
That’ll make you cry
That’ll make you cringe
That’ll make you think
I wanna write poems that make you say
“Damn, that’s fucked up.”
That’ll make you say
“Damn, I’m fucked up.”
That’ll make you say
“Mikey SHUT THE FUCK UP!”
I wanna write poems that other people see themselves writing and reciting.
I wanna write poems for people who can’t speak for themselves
Because their voice is
KILLING THEM IN A GAME OF HIDE AND GO SEEK!
Yet, my poems give them confidence that once they find THEIR VOICE
THEY’LL BE IT!
I want them to be treated like maps.
I want my poems to give you a sense of direction
(Because of where I’ve been)
I want my poems to show you how I got here like the bible.
Show you how I got here like The Big Bag Theory
Show you how I got here like hieroglyphics
I want my poems to grow so old
They have their own throwbacks.
It’s crazy to believe I still have the notebook I wrote my first poem in
Yea, my poems are that good.
I mean, that important to me.
My poems tell the stories of many
(Not just me)
Believe me; My poems have brought me many things.
Friends and lovers
Abundance and boundaries
Blessings and faith
Talent and passion
My poems gave me understanding of my purpose
My poems, hold me accountable to the words I speak.
I poems were once thoughts
Just as today was someone’s dream to see
Just as today will be a memory
Yea, remember me
But don’t forget my poems.
-Michael “Miss Mikey” Lamb