Friday, May 30, 2014

Colors

Red and Yellow chained together by White 
long before the mixture turned black. 
Pounding and pounding together in the heat of the sun, forging an endless track. 
Many a sun and his sister go by and you dwell on the past. 
Stand in your shoes today, 
and not those with the holes in the souls that you threw away. 
Do not preoccupy yourself with judgments of colors with dark patches. 
Keep clear of illusions and seek the purity of a rainbow. 
Use your colors so that the world understands beauty. 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Ode to a poet

Ode to a poet - by Ken Bravo to Maya #MayaAngelou

You can fight with words
be right with words
have sight with words

You can LOVE with words
rise above with words
Be IN LOVE with words

To inspire a desire made of fire
to calm the sea with wind
to paint the art of air
to touch all that is there.

You have brought life to all that hear
your words from far and near
You will sign your name from above
To my children, from Maya, with Love.  

Friday, September 13, 2013

"I wish that you could see" - A Poem

I wish that you could see- By Ken Bravo

I wish that you could see
The energies inside of me
Things that I have had a while
Things that make life worth wild.

I need someone to share them with
Someone to see that I'm no myth
That I have all of THIS to share
Overwhelmed with more to spare

I'm not ashamed this is me
My emotions open for all to see
The question is "Who is Brave?"
"Who'll step up and my heart engrave?"

It's been a while so I'll make my plea
For all who'd like just to see
My most covenant energy
that lies so deep inside of me.         

                                                      -Ken Bravo



Tuesday, August 27, 2013

"Stop and Frisk"

I think that the fact that I am 47 years old and have experienced New York in the 80's, it has given me a very specific opinion on the "Stop and Frisk" program.  I honestly believe that it is a tool used to prevent crimes.  Although it may seem a little prejudiced at times, it is still a very effective way to control the crime statistics to say the least.

"Stop and Frisk" implements a certain profiling technique to make it a successful option.  In my opinion, it is NOT a racial profiling but rather a "criminal" class profiling.  As we all are aware of, criminals come in all forms of shapes, sizes and colors.  For any one of them to say that they are being racially profiled to be able to stop and frisk, would be ludicrous.

Back in the 80's, there was implemented a complete drug overhaul in the LES.  Most of you remember that. Two cops became famous because of the program.  Baby-face and Rambo.  They were feared because they didn't fear.  They would pull you over and frisked you just because they felt you farted in the wind wrong and they got a bad whiff of it.

It was allowed and very effective.  Unfortunately, we can say that we are safer because of their techniques. To say whether they were right or wrong doesn't matter.  What matters is the outcome.  Now, the stop and frisk has been better regulated but to say that cops can be sued for racial discrimination?  Again, stupid to say the least.

We rely on well known and proven techniques to keep the community safe.  And when I say "WE", I mean the law abiding citizens that just happen to be surrounded by criminals.  I, personally, just want to raise my kids to the best of my ability without the fear of them being killed coming home from school one day.  If Stopping someone that looks suspicious and frisking them can help in that mission.  Well, then do what is necessary.

If I am stopped and frisked, which has happened in the past, I understand that they have a job to do.  If I have given them any reason to do it, then I must be suspicious enough for their reasoning. I may have been hanging out with the wrong crowd, or coming out of a bodega that is known for dealing.  I could be at the wrong place/wrong time.  Who knows?  Personally, I don't give them any reason to do it but if it has to be done.  So let it be done.

I am from the train of thought that, Unfortunately, if you were arrested and convicted of a crime, you lose all rights as a normal citizen.  I understand one tries to get out of the stigma of that arrest and criminality but the bottom line is that you are now a known criminal and have to keep away from the nonsense.  If you find yourself there again and get stopped and frisked, then you have nothing else to say but deal with it.

If this order to stop the "Stop and Frisk" Law isn't appealed, we are going back into time to the 80's before the clean up.  Criminals will go back to carrying weapons like they were carrying keys.  It will become the "Norm" again.  Many "Children" will die again just because someone thinks they can piss farther then the other person who just happens to insult them at that moment.

It is going to get a lot worse as the days go by.  NOT the years but rather days!!  I have never agreed with Bloomberg's policies.  At least the majority of them.  I, however, agree with this one.  It has to be like the United States and Russia was during the cold war.  We knew as they knew that we can blow the fuck out of each other so we never tempted fate and kept each other at arms length.  We needed it. and it worked.

"Stop and Frisk" works as the tool that has them thinking, "You know what? I'm keeping my piece upstairs.  I don't need to do another extra year for this piece.  I might get "Stopped" for nonsense and get busted." Right there, someone life has been saved and maybe even his own life was deterred from going to prison/dying for nothing.

My last thought is this.  If you were stopped and frisked, it wasn't your first time and probably you have a record of dealing or doing something stupid in your previous life.  If it a your first time, please understand it is actually for your safety, unless of course, you are busted for something. You are most likely to get caught so I say MAN UP! Stop doing what you shouldn't be doing.  It's not racial profiling, it is a completely LEGAL type of criminal profiling.  

Maybe you should find your waistline, find a job or continue going to school and then they wont bother you anymore.  As always, this is my personal opinion.   

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Another day

Well, it's another day and I've been thru so much lately.  Where do I begin?  In my last blog entry, I put down that even family can't be trusted.  The loyalty is more important to me than most other values.  I am still trying to believe that but there are many situations that cause me to see differently.

In recent weeks, I have been placed in situations where my small reputation has been place in jeopardy.  My reliance on someone else is usually mute unless I am very close and that person has never screwed me before.

I don't place trust on people easily.  To me, trust must be earned.  Again, I have had to change the outcome to save face.  When this is all said and done, you will know the outcome by my failure or my success. I've committed to this project and I'll be damned if I'm going to look bad on it.

Also, my ex-wife is driving from Texas to pick up our children so that they can stay with her for two weeks.  She will bring them back driving as well.  I feel that she just does whatever she wants regardless of what I'm feeling or even considering a conversation with me.

My main goal is the security and safety of my children.  By her driving over there, she makes the risks higher than flying. So, if you are reading this, I ask for your prayers to keep my children safe throughout their cross country adventure and have God bring them back safe and sound.

Also, after all the nonsense that my ex wife has done to both me and the children, I still don't trust her as far as I can throw her.  She lost all forms of trust with me and she expects me to just give it to her simply because she is their mother and it's a given. Well, News flash, uh, NO!

I hope I'm doing the right thing by my kids and even tho I will be alone for two weeks and I will miss them, I hope they have a wonderful time on this trip.

Finally, in this entry I want to say that I am still depressed.  I am a little scared that it will be a deeper depression when the kids are out and I realize that I'm alone.  Again.  This is no joke.  I feel like someone has put a serious curse on me and It's working.

It's not allowing me to meet anyone new. To hang with old friends due to scheduling conflicts or to be invited to get together's because most of the people there are in couples or have something against me. (Even tho they won't admit or approach me with the problem).

Yes, it may be a little paranoia but the bottom line is that I'm still alone.  Don't get me wrong, I truly appreciate those that I have considered friends and are still there for me.  I just don't want to interrupt their lives for me and I understand that.

I'm lonely.  I'm tired.  I'm upset at some parts of life and of how some of my, "So-called" friends, are selfish and only think of themselves without seeing the consequences or rewards of their actions.  Anyway, Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

I haven't been on in a while.  Been a little busy with some other projects but I will say something today.  Don't know what but will attempt to have a spot of conversation today.
Having lived 46 years and seen many things and situations of life, I have found that you cannot, truly, rely on family.  the people of my generation know the saying, "You don't take sides against the family", intimately.
I believe that so much.  The problem is that family in this day and age don't understand the terms "Loyalty" and "Blood".
I have always thought that I will go to back for anyone of my family members unless it is against my children in which case I will ALWAYS be on my children's side, be them right or wrong.
When they are old enough to make decisions for themselves, I will still be on their sides supporting them in whatever they decide to do.
Often times, family does disappoint you.  i have many friends today that are going through the same problem and have expressed it on social media.  Friends, I understand your pain.  Is there anything we can do about this trend that has arisen after so many years?
The only major family bickering that I can recall would be Cain and Abel. I'm sure there have been some after but the bottom line is, you don't go against the family.
Just recently, I had a family member, not only go against my 10 year old daughter, she made it about herself and she wasn't even near the problem.  Today she thinks that nothing happened but wonders why my daughter doesn't want to talk to her.
Instead of protecting my daughter and saving a potentially long life relationship from breaking apart, she addressed the issue as to say it was happening to her too.
The grown-ups of the situation that happened made a mountain out of a mole hill.  that's okay, they can react any way they want.  When it comes to my daughter, I am the one that will defend her with my life!  I expect the family to come thru for them too.  I mean, if they can't be there for my kids as well, who do my kids have?  their mom in literally 3000 miles away with her new husband.
Anyway, I figured I'd vent just a touch.  I guess what I'm basically trying to say is that I will commit murder for my children.  And that the lesson here is simple, "Do it on your own and don't leave it up to family.  they will always look out for what's the best interest for them". Thank You

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Taking Advantage

Lately, thank God, I've been having calm, good thoughts regarding everyone and how not to judge them.  But every once in a while a topic comes up that has to be discussed.  Today's topic "Low Self-esteem in young girls and how they are taken advantage of.

You know, I'm 46 years old and up to now I must say that I have seen many things in my life.  I'm sure, however, that life will bring me more things to leave me in awe and amazement.

In high school, I have known young girls that, after being a long time with a boy, breaks up and went into depression.  The self-esteem went down and they felt like it was their fault so they brushed off boys for good.

I thank God I wasn't the type they hated but nevertheless they were upset.  It became the norm.  Some girls got over it keeping their minds occupied until they feel better, while others were attacked by the last person they thought would be that way.

I know one girl who had a BFF that seemed to never go out with a boy.  Pretty and kind of tomboyish, she would never leave the side of this one girl.  The girl broke up with her boyfriend and instead of being there for her, she took advantage  of her low self-esteem and made a pass at her.

The girl did not know what had hit her and after saying "Yes" to everything, the gay girl convince the other girl that she too was gay.  It seemed right, after all the gay girl told her the exact things she needed to hear to comfort her. What could go wrong, right?

Well, suffice it to say, that didn't go to well for them.  The gay woman was so jealous of both boys and girls, she made the other girl feel even more depressed than before.

The poor girl started to ignore her and she was beaten up for it.  Obviously because the gay girl had something to prove.  Anyway, that relationship finished the day it got physical.

I want to say that my friend, the young straight girl, is married with children, living down south somewhere.  It's obvious that I will not say who it was.  I also want to point out that the guys weren't innocent in this girls life either.

Yes, she was that gorgeous and in my opinion, still is.  Anyway, the guys all tried to do a full court press on her to take advantage of how she was feeling as well.  I think that's so fucked up.  I tried being a friend to her and I was.

She was a little uncomfortable at first but then when she saw that I didn't expect anything from her we became closer friends and are now.  I actually think it was me that caused her gay friend to fight with her.  Hey, it's not my fault we became close!  It just happened that way.

Today, I was reading the status of a young friend of mine that went to school with my son.  She sounds sad and very depressed.  Se ants to kill off all the men and find a beautiful woman.  I have no problem with being gay, experimenting or anything else like that but I just want her to be careful and not something for the wrong reasons that she will regret forever.

If it turns out that she is gay then God bless, again, I hope she realizes whatever she is with a clear head and an open heart.  I'm sure God will guide her and she will feel so much better when he does.

Remember, as always, this is just my opinion.