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As I…soak the calendar and watch the dates wash away
Parting Antarctica apocalypse of modern day
I tend to lock away the hidden hope the father say
Cause Mr. Molotov has got the water broke and borns decay
Sip your chardonnay
Hydrate your lingerie
Wash away the vision that will bring you the larger page
Upon the waves are the scrawlings of a madman
Trapped in the desert as he caravans with Afghans
On the spot where the grass once grew
Now a gas tank brews with a gasp and a fume
See the gold been clear people see right through
When it freeze in your veins see what that ice do
The Earth burns barren what’s the point of typhoons?
Ain’t nobody wanna listen that’s a blasphemous move
Show apocalypse the truth and it turns into a shitstorm
Lacks sanitation in the making of a sin war
Flint Michigan to the 3rd world
Hydration been a sanctity as the Earth Twirls
Heat the reason we be lying in a hearse
Kendrick even tried to tell us cause we’re dying of the thirst
See we don’t fall for no reason
Dehydrated was the making for the treason
Trees dim as I fell upon the autobahn
I didn’t realize until I hit the Ramadan
Saw the cage I was trapped in atomic bombs
Lack of liquids got insurgents still marching on
Quests for gold
They be wet and cold
But yet nobody realize it is less for sure
Take a minute as I’m swimming in the source
Adorning for the prayer at the breaking of the dawn
And ask they lord why? What the hell is going on?
Why is melanin neglected in the essence of the war now?
Realize it’s the soul’s intent
It takes a little bit of time to soak it in
See the only time I drown is when I hold the pen
So I could show y’all the water that I hold within.
-Ali Saeed, “Water” 2017
Voice of the Future 2017, Ali Saeed, is a hip-hop poet and songwriter. This creation is part of a series, “WorLd Problems,” in which the poet shines the light of the word upon some of the most important problems the world faces. Ali started rapping at the age of 11 due to severe bullying he faced in school. He eventually gained the respect he deserved through his talents and lyricism.
For more: Ali Saeed, Word Problems, SoundCloud.