Pearls by Demitri Tyler


I wear my blackness like pearls . . .


Fine pearls rooted to me

Like Detroit red transformed by any means

Like Ali in the ring

Like Jessie Owens on the track

Like the panthers in the street

Like Toussaint L’ouverture daring to set Haiti free

Like Rosa claiming a seat

Like Marcus Garvey red black and green

Like Steve Biko un-writing apartheid’s eulogy

Like King on the mountain top as freedom rings pearls bind and lock

Like a million dark faces marching on the capitol ground

Like Harriet again and again until all slaves unbound

Like Miles blowing for scars that have never been sown

Like Patrice Lumumba they will never conquer the strong


Because I wear my blackness like pearls . . .

Fine pearls rooted to me.


© Demitri Tyler


Excerpt from the book Measuring For Balance

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About the Author

Writer, orator and activist, Demitri the poet with the Greek name that if translated would read “dedicated to, follower of Mother Earth,” is a rising voice out of San Francisco planting words of wisdom as if seeds beneath the flesh. His talents as a rapper formed his early years gaining him recognition as mc to watch in underground circles with performances at the Upper Room the cities hottest poetry/rap venue at the time as well as his activism in and around the community and state college campuses.

Family tragedy and the realities of life caused this man to hang up his music career and vanish for over ten years but it was time well spent for out of the darkness has emerged a streaking comet who has made the transition from rap to poetry look seamless.

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