Copyright ©Bertha Clark aka Adelene da Soul Poet;
Producer and editor, John-Evan Snow, FotoVie
Adelene da Soul Poet is a spoken-word poet, her ancestors are Black Pioneers
Location: Studio, black background. Adelene is seated on a stool, but the video is focused on her face and upper-body; her face is in shadow from time-to-time. The camera alternates between front-facing view and side views of her face.
On-screen text: Adelene da Soul Poet “You Ain’t Gone”
I’d like to dedicate these three poems to my family, my mother, my grandmother, the Black Pioneers of BC.
You left me hanging what could I say you went and died on me that day
And now that you’re gone what do I do?
How do I make it in life without you?
And why? Why is it that you still talk. I hear your voice upon my walks. fussin and bossy tellin me the things I need to hear
You ain’t gone you see I feel your presence. Your spirit is strong
I know these feeling I have ain’t wrong
‘Cause I laugh when I hear the things that you say
I answer you back as I go ‘bout my way
I thought I had lost you, that’s all I envisioned but I thank God for giving us this beautiful connection ]’Cause now that I know it this is cool;
‘Cause you left me the biggest part of you
The gift to realize that we’re still together that’s right. That’s spiritual power. That’s it.
I was so afraid when you were gone but I didn’t know the spirit power holds on
So I look forward to awaken and spending my day with you in my mind, with you in my way.
Laughing with you now as you laugh too.
‘Cause as we both know we got separate things to do
Me on this end I say is the lower you on that high road ‘cause you done crossed over
Hand in hand and side by side God chose you to be the guide
So I’m not alone as I thought at first. Those were just emotional bursts
What’s happening now is a stronger force; subconscious spirit knew this of course. You were chosen so you go ahead on
I’ll be alright ‘cause you ain’t gone. That’s right.