This brother greeted me saying, “what’s up cuzz?”
I dropped my head in shame, not because I didn’t know who he was
but because my past haunts me no matter what I do.
They see me creepin’ Georgetown down wearing blue.
Don’t have a clue where I been, what I’ve been through or how I’ve changed.
My new outlook or philosophy, therefore, knowledge I’ve gained.
Ask me what’s cracking now, I only crack a smile
knowing I was once like them, in need of guidance, a lost child.
Upon choosing my new path, became a traveler of time and space.
Deciding to uplift my people, shifting the negative influence out of the race.
Coming face to face with the demons that prodded and those I created
so now when I hear, “what’s up cuzz?”, really it sounds silly…we ain’t related…
– Thomas D. Payne