Duaynekalade Parnell Bey

Du Mu 2

RORSCHACHdumu ​the nights? are dark and angry

the days? are cloudy remnants

of what happened at 12AM

the concretes a free clinic

collecting DNA which look like

Rorschach blots

that tell the story


the same damn thing

it’s groundhog day in the concrete jungle

early the next morning

the streets are : ​ quiet. mournful. humble.

the stillness is beguiling

except for all the crying

which mostly flow inside

tears drip into the marrow

and slowly flood the temple

that questions its religion

and questions life tomorrow

because god seems so unkind ​ to allow this daily struggle

what you don't see won't hurt you-

the benefits of being blind?

is not seeing walls that bind

but mostly unseen

is that pile of shit you stepped in

but you'll know that it's there

from the smell that surrounds

your essence

© ​2014 Duaynekalade Parnell Bey , All rights reserved

audio muse = https://soundcloud.com/dumu2

PHANTOMS: phantoms

phantom in the closet


playing possum

spying like Mossad

documenting faults

cascading thoughts

looking for the key

skeleton design

to lock down your 33

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Alternate extended audio version: https://soundcloud.com/nimguru/phantoms

rubies glow in their feces: piggy ​death? certain.

birth? a purpose.

divine intervention.

putting that work in.

beyond comprehension.

on this Earth’s surface.

DNA helix. swirls like cursive.

no diamonds for the swine.

who can't see the value.

they feed on anything.

chew until it's mangled.

consume and masticate.

rubies glow in their feces.

jewels are hidden in their waste.

they sniff. then eat.

and repeat.

© 2017, Duaynekalade Parnell Bey, All rights reserved

audio muse = https://soundcloud.com/dumu2

junior. flower2 [act:1] [birth – 14 years old]

raised. with a heavy hand

dad? he's angry at the world

trying. to make Junior a man

by beating him silly

until he learns

that how he operates is wrong and sissy like

because real men don’t cry

they grit. they strike.

they fight.

then ask questions

they hit their spouse

to get respect


they disrespect the weaker

because they can

[they disrespect the weaker because they can]

they drink when pissed off

and they stay pissed off


“this world isn’t worth a log sinking in the commode - after a Taco Bell brunch!”


he stayed in the corner of his room

holding his knees

dabbing his mouth

with a napkin

the color of Jolly Ranchers -


[act:3] [15 – 18 years old]

dad tells him how he has it so good:

1-he has a roof over his head 2-food in his belly 3-and his own room

but that Budweiser love can’t make the cut

he hasn’t had a hug

since he put the lunch box on the shelf

and traded it in

for a paper bag full of:

stress, worries, and life altering decisions


1-doing homework 2-getting to school on time 3-fighting off future convicts 4-and keeping a sane mind

in this harsh world full of devil advocates

and open sores on your genitals

because the spur of the moment is the only reality that matters

[act:3] [19 – 25 years old]

so your lover of the moment? is loose like you

your lover of the moment? their goose is cooked too

too many achoos and low blood cells

statistics fly -

and you’re on that chart

[act:4] [final act] [26 years old]

i guess dad was right.

you ain’t so special now – huh?

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the mad man.veiled the mad man cackles at an inside joke

he paces the platform engaged in deep conversation

with the wise man from the east

who no one else sees

people keep their distance

not sure of his next move

they pretend to not be afraid

he stinks he’s loud

he’s filthy

they pretend to be focused on their cell phones and tablets

they respectfully step away from the tracks

as the train pulls into the station

the wise man steps on the train

the mad man waves goodbye from the platform

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fork knife spoon forkone

“The hand using us means what?”

Said the knife to the spoon Who only dipped While knife sliced, chopped and cut The fork pierced his guest

As a team All three were ferocious

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run. run. run. run! Running past street lights Running past garbage

​Some of it breathing

Foul stench - Increasing

The further you get - from your safe haven

[There is]

No savior No savior

But you still savor

The sequence of events That occurred recently

On any given evening ​On any given weekend

Adrenalin peaking As the hours run later

The clock keeps on ticking Your shoulders get heavy

The shadows they thicken The shadows they thicken

The__? They close in

And try to surround you

But you will not give in​ You will not be taken

The odds are against you The odds are against you

But you ain't playing

Run Run Run Run Run Run Run Run Run Run Run Run Run Run Run Run RUN.

Audio: https://audiomack.com/song/duaynekalade-bey/runrunrun-by-du-mu-2

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cloud 25:newestcloud25

[prologue] enormous. the ego.

bacardi on his breath

anger in his heart

no one has ever showed him an ounce of love

so you don't miss

what you don't know

[chap.1] tears fall on the dinner table

he grabs her hair from the scalp

and gives a hard pull

her options?

fight or flee

she tried the latter

but knee met mouth

and she felt two teeth shatter

she hit the ground

blood pouring out her mouth

and crawled on the floor

in pain

towards the couch

she screamed

“i can't take this anymore ...I want out!”

but those words stay stuck

in her head

she's scared to say them aloud

he might hit her


​[epilogue] so she goes on cloud 25

closes her eyes

and dreams her life away

so she goes on cloud 25

closes her eyes

and hopes

she doesn't wake up

Audio: https://soundcloud.com/dumu2/cloud25dumu2

© 2015 Duaynekalade Parnell Bey, All rights reserved

dead man:deadMan ahhhh…

life is massive and fantastic

then those walls close in

when squeezed from four corners

body frame loses wind

down the escalator brain starts to descend

just cause pressure makes diamonds doesn't spell a happy end

your diamond may be exposed in your next life


between now and then cold and dark is your kin

soul chasing soul for many millennia

bond beyond blood the kinships always been

stardust born gold rusts when human

born to live and then die – once again

the only real sin? we don't learn no lessons

your only true friend? your reflection

and if you hate what you see?


dead man.

© 2014 Duaynekalade Parnell Bey, All rights reserved

they live: they live behind the shades

hiding their eyes from sunshine

even on cloudy days

they act cool to fool the cool-

that they are cool

but the cool don't profess

the coolness which they possess

they just do what comes natural- stay in their own flesh

the body is the temple ​ the god you worship? is the one inside the mental

divine maze- the brain

it's the main muscle you need to maintain in this illusion

yes- we live in an illusion

once you recognize that this is an illusion


because everybody else has their shades on

Audio: https://soundcloud.com/dumu2/theylive

©​2015 ​Duaynekalade Parnell Bey, All rights reserved