Ed’s Note: Monica penned a dope letter to Lauryn Hill yesterday. Monday was L-Boogie’s birthday, and Moni explained how vital Lauryn’s masterpiece is to her life. The same can be said for me. So today, the tribute continues.
This is a poem where I try to succinctly pull together the meaning of so much of Lauryn’s message from “The Miseducation” and two of my fav tracks from the “Unplugged 2.0” live set: “I Get Out” and “The Mystery of Iniquity.”
Get Out of Iniquity (An Ode To Lauryn)
You’re amiss if you think love was meant to be purgatory bliss
Kiss you on your forehead, and set you adrift into an abyss
Hell, you might as well go ahead and jump off that cliff
I’ll find a violin, learn to play and string together a small riff
For you to bear witness to what you were born to be.
For you to live through The King, and for Him to live through me.
Cease to see the negativity that persists to be,
Instead actualizing the visions that Stevie & Martin dreamt in creed.
Deferring the cost of death for the price of living free.
You’re in control of your soul, but your captain’s hat can be relieved.
Free will is a cursed gift, which means you choose to do right or wrong.
The result of your actions will be the lyrics of your life’s song.
And your convictions will crucify your own mouth’s contradictions.
You’ll walk yourself to the gates and learn that there will be omissions.
And the emissions you’ve left on this earth will be nothing more than remnants
The gas that’s fueled you will fool you no more because you’ll understand the sentiment.
And your contentment will allow your appetite to be insatiable.
You’ll no longer mask who you are, and even those who don’t know you will see you as relatable.
Palatable and palatial at the same time,
Like Lawry’s, know that there’s a season to this thyme
A reason for this rhyme, and a few heathens to commit crimes
But you have to commit to believing instead of living your life as a mime.
No longer mimicking the actions of the fools who came before you.
Open your eyes and realize that the truth stands before you.
Close your ears if you choose, but my words will not ignore you.
Bore you out of your sins, and you’ll hear that I live for you.
And I don’t care if I happen to take my next breath in vain
I’ve committed my life to writing so that I won’t go insane.
But in vein is where these words should go if you choose to listen.
an IV for the ivy that poisoned your veiled inhibitions
Yeah, we’re kin to Adam or Eve, just don’t cleave to fruitless harvest
Be of strong root, and know that you too can be marvelous
If you choose to be who you are and give of yourself
You’ll come to know the not-so-secret meaning of true wealth,
A stability most millionaires will never understand.
Some of them think it’s what they earn that makes the honest man.
But it’s what she gives to this world, not what he takes.
The trust that he builds, not the hearts that she breaks.
So the next time you decided to jump off a tangent about love lost
Just remember that it wasn’t you, but He who hanged there and paid the cost
So that you could possibly understand how you’re supposed to live.
Dying of your sins is the precursor to beginning to give.
Learning to be still instead of always quick to anger.
Temperamental control is how you avoid experiencing life’s dangers.
Knowing not to hate, and never being full of pride.
Don’t be rude or full of self, but instead give of what’s inside.
Try not to keep tabs of what isn’t really real,
Instead, finding joy in what you know you can’t conceal
Because this truth may break but will never fail or forsake you,
It’s truly up to you how many breaks you must take before you come to ..
… see that love was never meant to be a purgatory bliss,
Trust, you’ll find yourself on your knees, and like Lauryn,
Tell Him that you’re no longer a miss…
…educated about the meaning of His only true commandment
Live in a fearless love
Live in a fearless love
Live in an unrequited fearless love
It’s the only way to understand it.