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Sunday, July 5, 2020

Dear Hannah: LEarning (Ain't Goin' Nowhere)

Dear Hannah,

My songs help me talk to "me" about "me".

They teach, train, correct, rebuke, encourage, inspire, restore, and motivate me.

I don't like being exploited, marginalized, disrespected, and overlooked.

I get that a lot ... too much.

I don't like to be used.

I get that a lot ... too much.

I don't like to waste time on empty, one-sided relationships.

I get that a lot ... too much.

I don't like being asked to be part of the solution - without being able to help define the problem.

I get that a lot ... too much.

It does make me appreciate others who might be treated worse.

I hope it makes me pay more attention to the way I treat people.

I pray that it inspires mercy, grace, patience, and empathy more than enmity.

The convenient choices about listening to our voices do not fool me.

We are fooled much too easily ... usually because we think we know ... sometimes because we only care about what we care about.

All I know is that we don't know.

You see what you think you saw.

You want what you think you want.

They did what they think they did.

They meant what you think they meant.

But a mind is a terrible thing to have.

You may have your eyes on the wrong prize.

Mine eyes have seen the promised land.

I have seen the finish line.

I pray that I stay focused, and stay in the race.

I know I'll be alright.

I ain't goin' nowhere.



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"Ain't Going Nowhere"
By Derrick Brown


ain't invited
but i show up

make mistakes
but i grow up

kinda quiet sometimes
but i speak up

move in silence
so i sneak up


surprise, surprise!
what y'all up to?

oh - is that right?
that's wassup, boo!

strength in numbers
let me help you

new breakthrough


fully focused, man
on a new day

and a new way
forget what "they" say

run the relay
instant replay

same cray cray
groundhog day


met you 2 or 3 times
but you still don't know me

now that sho ain't a crime
so make it 4 for-me

you made a bar in my rhyme
now get the door for-me

you remind me that i'm
OK - no mo' for-me



... 'cause this ain't goin' nowhere
... naw, fam - nowhere


situation room

(but) first things first
'what *are* we working out?

_what the heck we talm 'bout?

'how did we get here?
'how do we reroute?


'don't do arguments
_no need to scream and holla

no need to pop ya colla
'school me like a scholar

however -
'i ain't sure i follow

you wanna pay me pennies
then boss up like they dollars?


'(now) that's an answer
i question a lot

i connect the dots
think i know the plot

'Jedi mind trick
_drop it like it's hot

tie 'em in a knot
_okey-doke i think not


'you "Papa Big Shot"?
i'm "Mr. Robot"?

_right stew, wrong pot
i'm "Mr. Free Thought"

imma cop a squat
hold onto what i got

ain't your mascot
took a snapshot


... and i ain't goin' nowhere
... got my eyes wide shut


now you see me
''now you don't

all depends
'on what ya want

lemme tell ya tho
this kinda lets me know

that ya never know
and i need to grow



when i guard my heart

keep ya balance yo
whether high or low

pay it forward so
you grow and go-go-go


'now play me once

play me twice
' shame_on_me_too

ain't stuck on stupid
ain't stuck on you

ain't stuck like chuck
know what to do


shake it off and bail
_say "ouch" behind the veil

selah and then exhale
respect the detail

let it be and then
_if we ever meet again

don't say "remember when?"
_say "bless you" and "amen"



... 'cause i ain't goin' nowhere
... i'll be right here

About Derrick Brown (Standup Storyteller)

I am Keisha's husband, and Hannah's father.

I am a “standup storyteller.”

I fuse rap, spoken word (poetry), oration (traditional public speaking), singing, and teaching into messages of hope, healing, and change that I write, direct, and produce to help people who help people.

Everything must change - and stay changED.

Tradition begins and ends with change.

Change begins with me and the renewing of my mind ... then continues through efforts to effect small-group discipleship (equipping others to equip others) with audiences that respect and embrace mentoring, mediation, and problem solving as tools of change.

I am the product of my mentoring relationships, peacemaking (and peacekeeping), and problem-solving ability.

My education began when I finished school.

After school, I enrolled in a lifelong curriculum that includes classes in ministry, entrepreneurship, stewardship, literacy, numeracy, language, self-identity, self-expression, and analysis / synthesis.

My projects execute a ministry that has evolved from wisdom earned through lessons learned.

I want to share this wisdom to build teams of "triple threat" fellows - mentors, mediators, and problem solvers.

We will collaborate in simple, powerful ways that allow us to help people who help people.

I now know that power is work done efficiently (with wise and skillful use of resources, interests, communication, and expertise).

Copyright © 2019 Derrick  Brown. All Rights Reserved.

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