The Power of a Smile – Tupac Shakur

The power of a gun can kill
and the power of fire can burn
the power of wind can chill
and the power of a mind can learn
the power of anger can rage
inside until it tears u apart
but the power of a smile
especially yours can heal a frozen heart

– Tupac Shakur

From his collection, The Rose That Grew From Concrete (1999)

The first poet to inspire me. I heard him from my mother’s stereo, every local radio and saw him referenced in damn near every video. He was one of the realest. Every time I listen to him, I run to paper and pen. Who was the first poet to inspire you? I need answers, been wanting to explore…

(image: courtesy of Pinterest, Rahiem)

The Last

I’ve heard much with these

compacted earth with these

and no one else will roam as me


I’ve maimed with these

with this, reached plenty of these

and no one can loom like me


I’ve witnessed everything with these

I taste for life with these

and no one charges like me


I am what’s left of these


-B. Brown


(digital paintings by Muraleedharan t)