Saul Williams – Coded Language

I love Saul Williams. What’s not to love about a poem that pays tribute to Kali, Tara, Lilith, Helen, Siddhartha, Medusa, Isis, Shiva, Ganesha, Yemaja, Oshun, Obatala, Ogun, Zora Neale Hurston, Audre Lourde, Walt Whitman, James Baldwin, Allen Ginsberg, Bob Kaufman, Richard Wright, Jim Morrison, W.E.B. Du Bois, William Shakespeare, Lorraine Hansberry, Sylvia Plath, and Rumi? (And many other divine souls and divine beings.)

. . .

Light years are interchangeable with years of living in darkness
The role of darkness is not to be seen as or equated with ignorance
But with the unknown and the mysteries of the unseen . . .
– Saul Williams, from Coded Language

. . .

Here’s another version (with music by DJ Krust):

Those who burn, those still aflame and the countless unnamed
We claim the present as the pre-sent, as the hereafter

We are unraveling our navels so that we may ingest the sun
We are not afraid of the darkness, we trust that the moon shall guide us
We are determining the future at this very moment
We now know that the heart is the philosophers’ stone . . .
– Saul Williams, from Coded Language

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  1. brian

     /  August 13, 2012

    his words are powerfull, “let your children name themselves” and i was laughing at his sense of humor. is that a native american style scalplock (his haircut) in the top video?

    • Glad you enjoyed this poem. Saul’s one of my favorite spoken word artists . . . he has definitely had many different potent looks over the years.

  2. that was dope


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