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  • Government Name: Al-Tariq Gumbs
  • Register Number: 05674-078
  • Age:37
  • Time Served:13+ years
  • Home Town:Newark, NJ
  • Sentence:168 months
  • Current Charge:Racketeering (RICO), Conspiracy
  • Alias:King Sankofa (Formerly known as Killer Reek)
  • Release Date:2022
  • Prison Affiliation:Blood (Brim)
  • Circle of Influence:Emmanuel Jones, Lester Alford, Omar Austin, Tewhan Butler
  • Institution:FCI Memphis
  • I would like to show you the real me.

The Son of God. But the Brother of the Devil.

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I wrote this poem in 2011 when I was in Bergen County Jail fighting this federal case. I was being accused of everything under the sun. Even while being on a tier by myself for 2 1/2 years, I never allowed their thoughts of me to become facts. I’m not an animal, just a young man who thought that he could fight things from the inside. Now I know that in order to fight a war you must be on the side of the souljas who want change. This poem reflects all the times when I thought God wasn’t listening and that my only choice was what the devil was whispering. I wrote it before and lost it, so this is a revised version from the one I wrote to my mother’s pastor Pop in 2007. With that said, I hope you find some peace in this poem and understand things aren’t as bad as they may seem. All we have to do is be the strong humans that God made us to be. Head up. Chest out. I wish you the best.  Believe in life and love and everything else will follow. These words are from a man who has no religion but has faith. King Sankofa.

My father created me, but my brother played with me
I respected my father’s house, while my brother rebelled and was kicked out of the house
My father loves my brother, but my brother hates my father
I’m the son of God, but the brother of the Devil

When I thought my father wasn’t listening, my brother started whispering
My father taught me how to plan, while my brother taught me how to plot
My father has always forgiven me, while my brother has always forsaken me
I’m the son of God, but the brother of the Devil

My father told me everything was going to be alright, while my brother always got me into fights
When my father turned on the lights, my brother turned them off and said they were too bright
When I started yelling for my father, my brother was the one who answered
I’m the son of God but the brother of the Devil

My father gave me love, while my brother taught me envy
My father told me to treat others how I wanted to be treated, while my brother said, “Forget them it’s all about me!”
My father gave me the Ten Commandments, while my brother gave me ten guns with extra clips
I’m the son of God but the brother of the Devil

My father said, “I wasn’t allowed in the house unless I repented,” while my brother welcomed my sins and always let me in
They’re both fighting for me, but I’m afraid to choose because they’re both a part of me
I’m about to give in to my brother because I thought my father wasn’t listening, then my other brother stepped in and said,
“Let me speak to you for a minute”
I’m the son of God but the brother of the Devil

Now this brother I can listen to because he knows what I’m going through
His advice made me cry but gave me the strength to hold my head up high
I’m the son of God but the brother of the Devil

I chose my father because he allowed me to be me, while my brother taught me how to hurt people
I chose my father because he gave me peace, while my brother’s anger never seems to cease
I chose my father because I have him in me and my brother can only stand next to me
Yes. I’m the son of God but I’m also the brother of the Devil
And since it’s my choice, I chose my father’s heaven over my brother’s hell
I’m the son of God but the brother of the Devil

 

  

One response to “The Son of God. But the Brother of the Devil.”

  1. altariq gumbs jr says:

    this is a good peom pops , & its very understanding for people who knows & feel what you felt . keep up the good work im proud of you

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