Mos Def’s verse on “Lord Lord Lord”

The power of observation

Marvels and frights, and strange delights
Attributes, properties, disciplines and novelties
Ecstatic patterns in the calendar design
Wilderness tours guided by and for the blind
Cool rulers standing still sweating through the shade
Who knew those lights only grew bright to fade
Dead wrong pageantry, lottery and games
Sleight of hand provided by extravagant and fake
The carnival tilt bell the hustle for the age
They clutch what they covet what must they give away
Who was uninvited who was asked to come and stay
Surprise it’s your life it’s your business anyway so please
Pardon these and such curious minds
Peace, safe passage, precious time
Hither and gone, the day of days Yawm al-Qiyāmah
(?) this tiny stone illuminated by a star far gone
not Only star so large, many more
To make our largest star show small
Furthermore the end is not the end not a stop but a pause
What we can witness isn’t all that is at all
(?) scotch and pork chops
The passion of expansion the order of the random
See the dreamers see the sleepers
(?) sweet Jesus and life on Earth
Seek heaven first
Let’s put in this work

Mos Def (Yasiin Bey) basically lays out his ontology of the universe. Amazing.

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