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from Nhojj Poetry Vol. 1 by Nhojj



This piece was inspired by the August Wilson "Fences".  

I saw this film on the bus ride back from the Women's March on Washington. It had been a one day trip from Cleveland to Washington DC, and the driver had found this movie and “Hidden Figures” while we marched down the streets of D.C. 

The story stayed with me long after I'd seen it. It seeped into my being and generated this piece on forgiveness...


He thought the American dream and a woman could build a fence around his soul, putting distance between him and his pain, life’s constant barrage of woes, and the dreams that had fallen like garbage out of the sky… dreams that now lay broken and rotting at his feet.

But neither time nor his wife could work that magic. That alchemy was his and his alone. But society forgot to teach him that lesson… or maybe society never read that book.

So the personal demons he never accepted or made peace with, sat in the dark growing arms… arms long enough to travel through the space between this world and the next, legs tall enough to climb over that white picket fence he finally erected around his ever shrinking household, and hands so strong they could chock life’s bitter darkness right out of him.

I don’t know if any of this is true of course… I’m just someone who writes his poetry on a kind of smart phone… but I have an inkling that our protagonist only really started to breathe after he’d danced and tumbled with the grim reaper.

So hopefully… before this film ends, with rays of sunlight sparkling like gold through leaves of trees, we can remember the feeling of freedom and the liberation of forgiveness, and where we stand, sit or lie, grasp with our entire being, transforming heart and mind, this chance to breathe… breath after all is life.


from Nhojj Poetry Vol. 1, track released September 30, 2017
Written & performed by Nhojj
Contains sample of "Hold On... You Are Not Alone" by Nhojj


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Nhojj Orlando, Florida

Singer/songwriter and poet wading through the rivers of R&B, soul, jazz, and reggae.

My intention is to create sonic spaces where you can experience yourself through the lens of love and acceptance.

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