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Colors of a Man, Tribute to African-American Men
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  • Paperback
  • Nov.06.2009
  • 9781432738181
  • Outskirts Press

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Sexy , Romantic poetry book that excites, entertains, educates, and enlightens.  Men and women are compared to colors. Comes with neo-soul, jazzy, hip-hop CD.
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Sexy , Romantic poetry book that excites, entertains, educates, and enlightens.  Men and women are compared to colors. Comes with neo-soul, jazzy, hip-hop CD.

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Collateral Damage  

Collateral is the major component required to secure a loan,


The larger the collateral, generally the larger the property,


Well what should women require of a man who claims,


He wants to secure her heart,


What should be the required collateral?


What should a woman require when a man claims,


His intentions are to provide security?


Isn’t it amazing when a man claims to be securing your future,


Instead of getting your dreams fulfilled,


You end up feeling like the mothers from the Asian and Somalian foreign wars,


You look around and everything that you treasured has been destroyed,


Albeit, your village is miniscule in relevance to the vastness of the planet,


Devastation is everywhere, your village, your family, your sense of security,


What was suppose to secure your future, has made you a warrior now,


Trying to recover what’s left, and to protect the small piece of your heart that is left,


Then you realize, you didn’t quite survey for all the damages,


You lost family; human collateral is the politically correct term.


You look around after the smoke and dust has settled,


How could you have missed them?


 They are everywhere,


 Dead bodies, charred, ashen, clammy,


Eviscerated corpses, symbols of the fight for your freedom, are


Ubiquitously scattered throughout the village.


Woman survey your hearts,


Don’t despair,


It is for your good,


It is to secure your future,


It is to provide for your freedom.


And devastation is everywhere,


And your village is destroyed,


This is just collateral damage, you are repeatedly told.


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A fine collection of poetic verse and famous quotes, January 16, 2010 By Reader Views "www.readerviews.com" Reviewed by William Phenn for Reader Views (01/10) Ms. Stewart combines sound advice with poetry. With her utilization of famous quotes from such people as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Rev. Jessie Jackson, Sr., and others, she emphasizes the points she is trying to make. Though her poetry is about African-American men, her poetry can relate to all readers. In the beginning of the book she has a footnote for the ladies. She includes a cautionary note, just to tell them that it is not alright to be in an abusive relationship. Ms. Stewart continues this cautionary trend further in the book in poems like, "Arrogance," "Collateral Damage," "Boys Stink," and others. What a contrast in another one of her poems called "Black" where she goes a little overboard describing the perfect African-American male. "Perfect in shape, form, deed and purpose," she continues to relate facts like, "he could do no wrong, he never snored he just slept loudly." Then again, in "Chocolate Chips" she makes mention of the loving man. She portrays him to be such a soft-spoken romantic. But that is what makes this an interesting book. In a matter of a short 63 pages, Tia has given the reader not only the good, but the bad and the ugly of the African-American Man. The unique part of it all is that what she has to say, can apply to not just the African-American Man, but to any man. What she mentions in "Colors of a Man" can just as easily apply to White Men, Yellow and Red Men too. There is more to this book than just the poetry and quotes on its pages. Ms. Stewart brings out certain traits and aspects of the "African-American Man that has been diminished in our modern society." I thought "Colors of a Man" was an intriguing and interesting collection of thoughts. "Colors of a Man" by Tia Stewart was presented in a stylish way by a gifted writer. I gave it a strong A and consider it well worth the money.