A literary journal based in South Central Los Angeles

Painting by F.J. Lara

HAPPY SOLAR RETURN SLAUSON BOY

Rest In Power Nipsey Hussle (August 15, 1985 - March 31, 2019)

DEDICATION

This ain't entertainment, it's for niggas on the slave ship/ These songs just the spirituals I swam against them waves wit/ Ended up on shore to their amazement/ Now I hope the example I set's not contagious/ Lock us behind gates but can't tame us/ Used to be "stay safe," now it's "stay dangerous"


VICTORY LAP

Spoke some things into the universe and they appeared/ I say it's worth it, I won't say it's fair/ Find your purpose or you wastin' air…


I DO THIS

Longwinded, running through this life like it was mine/ Never settling, but setting every goal high/ One thousand burpees on the path to my own destruction or success/ But what is a mistake without the lesson?/ See, the best teacher in life is your own experience/ None of us know who we are until we fail/ They say every man is defined by his reaction to any given situation/ Well who would you want to define you?/ Someone else or yourself? Whatever you do, homie, give your heart to it/ And stay strong.


Painting by F. J. Lara