I get emails and letters from people all over these United States and the World thanking me for my candor, my humor, my poetry and my realistic perspective on life as an African-American.  First of all; you all are welcome and if you read my Bio it will tell you a little bit about me, "The Black Panther of Poetry".  And secondly, I took the time out to write a poem for all the inquiring minds out there.  I hope it is sufficient in answering a lot of my fan base questions.  Again, thank you and Happy New Year!!!!

I am the baddest in Benicia

With an attitude as peaceful

as a Dove.

I walk tall, carry a Big stick,

with a smile everybody loves.

My Pen do my fighting

When I am not in the ring.

I don’t physically fight

I don’t touch a thing!

Kids say, “Oh Badd one

I want to write like you.

You write about LIFE, LOVE

and sometimes SERIOUS things too.

I say I’m like a  Black Panther, aware and curious.

And like a cat I use my head.

Never  moving  too fast or too furious.

I feel no shame when I write the truth.

About racism, sexism, and sometimes

sizism too!!!

I float like a mosquitoe

and when I write I sting

like a flea.

There is no other Badder in Benicia.

Truly you must agree!

I’m a Bad Mother(shut yo mouth).

I’m just talkin bout me!!!

I’ve read Maya, Baldwin, Mailer and Dickinson too

And Nikki Giovanni, just to name a few.

But please don’t sell me short

Because I say I write.

It’s  the size of the fight in the dog

and not the dog in the fight!!

And when I’m finished with you

I’m not gunna brag.

You see this fight was already

Really, in the BAG.

But I will offer you a hand up

and the news that is the latest.

It will read extra, extra read all about him.



Dare say I,




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Harry Spider January 14, 2014 at 02:16 AM
Gary - give us break, man. Your quivering paranoia of the evil progressives coming to take away your liberty makes you look kinda nuts... we get it: WE MUST FEAR THE COMMIES.... Enough. Please. Shut. Up.
Harry Spider January 14, 2014 at 02:20 AM
Gary - instead of rant-bombing this thread, go start your own. Really, submit an article, and tell us all what we SHOULD BE VERY AFRAID OF... and then you can debate whoever shows up over there. K?
Gary W Smith January 14, 2014 at 12:22 PM
Dear Harry. You don't get it. By the time you wake up, you won't have the freedom to respond in this media. There won't be any media but State Media, or do you not learn from history-just repeat it?
"The Black Panther of Poetry" January 14, 2014 at 03:01 PM
I love the FIRST AMENDMENTto the United States Constitution. There are a few other Amendments to the U.S Constitution that I like(15th,13th 8th,4th) to name a few; but the First Amendment is my Damn Favorite. And trust me, I use it a lot, lot. I use it verbally and vocally and legibly. I use it in court, with police, with my wife, with my kids. I use it in sports while watching on tv. I use it in stores while spending my money. I basically use it any and every where I feel the need to use it. And that's why I love it the most of all the Amendments to the Constitution. After all, I think I earned it!!!
Gary W Smith January 14, 2014 at 10:37 PM
Dear Mr. Panther. Darn right you own the First Amendment to the Constitution and I will give my life to ensure that it remains in your custody. It is essential for all of us to be able to express ourselves, regardless of whether we agree or not. It is the opening to dialogue, information, knowledge and the assurance that we humans have more in common than not. Great post.


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