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Watch “Mantan Moreland & Nipsey Russell 1955” on YouTube

There were a lot of people who inspired me to become an artist. Nipsey Russell is definitely on that list. His charm, wit, and ability to drop pearls of wisdom in rhyme on network television was incredible. Like my other childhood heroes like Richard Pryor and George Carlin, Nipsey used comedy with the skill of a neurosurgeon.

Here are my Nipsey Russell inspired poems to honor this comedian, poet and dancer on the 102nd anniversary of his birth. This iconic entertainer’s career spanned decades from the Chitlin Circuit to major motion pictures. Many recognize him as the “Tin Man” in the Wiz. Others remember him as the “Poet Laureate” on the 70s game show, Match Game. For those of us who are too young to remember those references, he’s the dude Nipsey Hustle got his name from. RIP (rest in poetry)


1. We live in the strange days of coronavirus when presidential speeches only help to divide us, and words of wisdom come from Miley Cyrus.

2. As America finally reckons with its racist legacy, protests flare up like wildfires from sea to shining sea.

3. If I must stay home and self-quarantine, can I at least shelter in place with nymphomaniac sex fiend?

4. Some say the “breakfast of champions” is Wheaties, others prefer steak and eggs. Well, my favorite meal’s between her legs.

5. The people who question the motives of Black Lives Matter obviously haven’t paid attention to a few centuries of data.

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Six-Word Stories 2020 #119

“Homeless Man Sleeping on Park Bench” (photo by Keith M. Kelley)

Haiku 2020 #31

I shot this “selfie” at Calumet Park Beach. Full disclosure, the police SUV wasn’t actually there for me.

Haiku 2020 #32

Eintou 05292019

One word

Derailed chit-chat.

Are you heading home? Nope.

No words were uttered after that-

Except… by G.P.S.

Silence is worth

Five stars

☆ ☆ ☆ ☆