Hamza Ibn Osman
(Hamza Ahmed)

Poet, Kind Heart, Socially Active & Sensitive, Politically Aware 

  
Hamza came to the United States in 1997 from Somalia with his refugee family
 He has graduated from a local college and  has become a United States Citizen.
              Hamza is a 2010 graduate of Grand Rapids Christian High School
 
Tribute to the Game

  Be the First in Helping

From April 21 - 24  2017  Hamza attended an Ecumenical Advocacy conference in Washington DC 
 The 2017 conference focused on the issues of  U.S. Racism, Militarism and Materialism.
If you click here, you can read Hamza's poem written to express
how this young Black Poet was inspired by some of the presentations.



Other poetry works from Hamza Ibn Osman (Hamza Ahmed)
More of Hamza's Poems in audio and Video, at the end of the listing below:

Scapegoat

Innocent Till Proven guilty

 

An independent autopsy report shows that Stephon Clark was shot six times
in the back by police.

Gotta give cops some props
Cause when they are around usually the violence stops
But from among them are those who harbor hate
All forms of racism we must eradicate
Unarmed brothers having their lives taken
Claims of them being armed always coming out mistaken
The pattern is becoming quite familiar
Innocent lives their poor familia
He was a father as well as a son
They claimed he had gun, only to come to find out that he had none
I remember in grade school when bullying was the worst thing
And in some places it still is, but could have never imagined a school shooting
We gotta come up with a solution, because too many lives we’re losing
And when nothing’s being done, then complacency we’re choosing
And that’s a shame
Let’s not forget our brothers name

Police brutality and School shooting #97
Gotta give cops some props
Cause when they are around usually the violence stops
But from among them are those who harbor hate
All forms of racism we must eradicate
Unarmed brothers having their lives taken
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My Growth #96
Truly blessed even when facing affliction
Can’t stay down gotta live with full conviction
Despite the restrictions
I will crack the code that is life’s encryption
No longer will I be bound by such constrictions
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November 6, 2017 at 8:30pmPublic
A Wise Grandmother #95
A person of excellence
And when she moved, she moved with such elegance
And when she spoke, she spoke with such eloquence
That even those who were indifferent would listen cause she always spoke with such relevance
And he...
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September 18, 2017 at 8:48pmPublic
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Fate Travels; Safe Travels #94
It's like fate just went in one big circle
I thought it was decided but it just moved as slow as a turtle, too many hurtles
I thought it to be like a geometric ray
Once decided forever moving in one way
But perhaps thats jus...
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September 13, 2017 at 10:36amPublic
#93
Rehearsing lines in my mind trying to find
The right words just to say to her
Like hey what you doing today
Wanna go to the cafe if thats ok
And reveal how I feel
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August 21, 2017 at 5:17pmPublic
#92
It's getting dark trouble sparks can hear the nightly critters
Like the roosters in the morning they are simply submitters
A blockage of light from one of the strongest emitters
If I was born in ancient times I would of had...
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August 21, 2017 at 5:16pmPublic
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The Eclipse of Love #91
Earth, moon, and sun all perfectly aligned
There has to be a mastermind
To much complexity for it not to be intelligently designed
Three celestial bodies converge
A truly amazing spectacle to observe
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August 19, 2017 at 12:24amPublic
Embracing Change #90
Sometimes you just gotta do something new
See the world in a different view
Ultimately it's up to you
So get a clue don't get all blue
Learn something you never knew
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August 19, 2017 at 12:20amPublic
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#89
Sometimes you gotta travel through the darkness to truly see the light
Sometimes you gotta be wrong to truly understand what it means to be right
Sometimes you gotta go through sorrow to experience life's delights
Sometim...
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August 14, 2017 at 6:38pmPublic
#88
Desire was strong
Desire was wrong
Eyes opened wide after having been blinded
Can't hide what's inside you'll surely be reminded
Not what I wanted
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August 9, 2017 at 3:49pmPublic
#87
So much knowledge to behold
And albeit some of which is controlled
But neither of which is being sought after
Something that was once commonly fought after
And though we have the means to be successful
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August 9, 2017 at 3:48pmPublic
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Brotherhood (FMA) #86
Gotta have a homie
Cause ain't no feeling worse than the feeling of being lonely
But watch out for the phonies
Never there when you need them they're strictly one trick ponies
But hold strongly to the bond of those who sta...
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August 9, 2017 at 3:47pmPublic
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#85
Is kindness a weakness I'm starting to think so
I try my best to persevere but even so I'm on the brink though
Cause there are some people who take advantage of others kindness
Though they can see they suffer from their se...
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August 9, 2017 at 3:44pmPublic
Dattebayo #84
Failure failure but success awaits me
I never give up that's why failure hates me
I'll keep trying keep struggling till I achieve it
To reiderate I will never give up so best believe it
And not for the sake of any another bu...
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August 9, 2017 at 3:43pmPublic
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#83
Could it be love
Things are looking up
What eluded me for so long
Must never give up gotta stay strong
The butterflies are back even in the winter time
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August 9, 2017 at 3:42pmPublic
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Stubbornly Unstubborn 82
I need to learn to be stubborn in my decisions
Cause this is not the life that I envisioned
Cause at least someone stubborn holds firmly to his position
In such case there is no indecision
Sadly I'm trapped by my own minds ...
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August 9, 2017 at 3:42pmPublic
81
When you lose something but no one seen it
When someone say something hurtful but they ain't mean it
Well you were with me when I had it and I was with you when said it
Ahh you know what just forget it
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August 9, 2017 at 3:40pmPublic
Dilemma #80
In my mind exists a space deep within my subconscious reserved solely for her where my thoughts and emotions for her reside
I try to play it as if I am fine outwardly but their is a civil war waging deep inside
Move on or...
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June 27, 2017 at 3:10pmPublic
Think Highly of One Another #79
Are you the type when your brother grabs lunch while fasting you think ill of him or think highly knowing he will save it for later, better to be the later
Instead of worrying about what other people are or are not doing;...
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June 27, 2017 at 3:08pmPublic
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As Thick As Blood #78
When it comes to helping for you there will be no hesitation
Cause you were there for me at my times of desperation
Our bond so strong even at times of separation
These few words truly cannot express my true appreciation ...
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June 27, 2017 at 3:03pmPublic
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Second trip to D.C. Before and After #77
Excited for the weekend
Gotta sleep super early this evening
Cause very early in the morning I'm leaving
The last time I was there I was in the 8th grade
Dang I'm growing old that's over a decade
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May 11, 2017 at 10:30amPublic
Reunited at Last #76
In a crowd I saw a familiar face
As if of fate
Who I thought from my life was gone without a trace
As she notices me my heart begins to quicken in pace
My mind filled with mixed emotions starts to race
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April 30, 2017 at 1:17pmPublic
Someone’s Inspiration #75
Had you not confessed it
I never would have guessed it
In our own lives we have become so overly invested
That at times we don’t realize just how many lives we’ve affected
I have more people who look up to me than I thought ...
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April 29, 2017 at 11:45pmPublic
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In Honor of the Rape Victim #74
In a dark alley near a dumpster a young woman was lying
Another horrible case another part of me dying
He blamed alcohol was the reason for his wickedness
But you can't straighten someone who’s on the path of crookedness
An...
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April 29, 2017 at 11:40pmPublic
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Hola #73
Hola senorita
Mighty fine to meet ya
To the movies I'd love to treat ya
In a game of chess I'd love to beat ya
And just like in the game in life I wouldn't cheat ya
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April 29, 2017 at 1:09amPublic
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For the Generous One #72
Honestly I don't know another brother with your level of generosity
Towards helping someone I've never seen someone move at the speed of your velocity
But if your still in doubt then why not test your curiosity
For I am co...
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April 29, 2017 at 1:03amPublic
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Assimilation #71
Don't falter embrace your culture
So many vultures looking to alter
Something that is already beautiful
Into somthing else that they find more suitable
No one should have to lose their cultural identity
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April 29, 2017 at 12:56amPublic
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Searching #70
I will find the one that's for certain
But it takes time like a clever rhyme but I'll continue learning
And to old bad habits I'm no longer returning
And when I make that connection and she displays a similar affection
Then ...
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April 29, 2017 at 12:55amPublic
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Learning to Move Forward #69
My only wish was that our friendship would have remained
Just because a feeling was once strong doesn't mean that feeling can once again be regained
A calm and collected mind I try to maintain
While also trying to be ration...
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April 29, 2017 at 12:50amPublic
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A Doctor in the Making #68  This poem's audio video version

A doctor in the making
The MCAT he'll be taking
Waiting for his results I know will have him shaking
But he's putting in the time
So he should do just fine
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Learning to Move Forward #69  This poem's audio video version
 
My only wish was that our friendship would have remained
Just because a feeling was once strong doesn't mean that feeling can once again be regained
A calm and collected mind I try to maintain
While also trying to be ration...
...
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Searching #70
I will find the one that's for certain
But it takes time like a clever rhyme but I'll continue learning
And to old bad habits I'm no longer returning
And when I make that connection and she displays a similar affection
Then ...
...
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Don't falter embrace your culture
So many vultures looking to alter
Something that is already beautiful
Into somthing else that they find more suitable
No one should have to lose their cultural identity
...
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20 hrs Public

 

For the Generous One #72
Honestly I don't know another brother with your level of generosity
Towards helping someone I've never seen someone move at the speed of your velocity
But if your still in doubt then why not test your curiosity
For I am co...
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Hola #73

Hola senorita
Mighty fine to meet ya
To the movies I'd love to treat ya
In a game of chess I'd love to beat ya
And just like in the game in life I wouldn't cheat ya
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Express Yourself #67  This poem's audio video version
I just voiced my opinion is all
Some in support and some others appalled
But nonetheless many enthralled
For some problems there are no real solutions
But I will address my side and you draw up your own conclusions
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February 28 at 8:55pmPublic

 

Such an inspiration my brother is, that despite what life throws at him he handles biz.
And he handles it gracefully.
For a higher purpose, he does so faithfully
Really proud of my brother keep doing your thing
Humble to t...
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February 19 at 2:23amPublic

 

United we Stand #65  This poem's audio video version
How far will the protest go?
Feels like I'm a protest Pro!
Still here, but he's got to go.
Seeking only his own ambition -
Only weeks since he got the position.
...
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January 29 at 9:06pmPublic

 

Back in 97 in Grand Rapids we arrived
Never in any real danger, compared to what my parents had survived,
And met some amazing human beings- our next-door neighbors.
Blessed beyond means as this was again another one of God...
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January 26 at 6:31pmPublic

 

Why my Brother is Worthy #63 This poem's audio video version
When the time comes to ask I hope her parents accept
Having known you: I can honestly say its a decision that they won't regret
And I'm certain you will treat her with the utmost respect
Being always attentive showing her n...
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January 21 at 11:40pmPublic

 

Hard to be faithful
When so many are hateful
Defined by our labels
Making life for some
very unstable
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December 14, 2016 at 7:33pmPublic

 

Taken #61
I'm sorry I didn't know that you were engaged
Had I known I never would have engaged
The weather today is nice and cool
And just like the weather I'm going to play it nice and cool
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November 22, 2016 at 12:56amPublic
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Ice Breaker #59
20 dollars poorer but her smile was worth it
Thought it was her birthday my mistake not perfect
She reimbursed me in full now I'm 20 dollars richer
Even gave back my Twix
Should have got her the Snickers
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November 18, 2016 at 7:35pm Public

 

Tribal Differences #57
A different tribe he was
Than she was
Never meant to have met up
Not a part of the set up
Though their shared faith allowed it
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November 18, 2016 at 7:33pm Public

 

A night at Steak N Shake #55
So down-to-earth this girl from Uccello's
Blessed to know her I'm one lucky fellow Conversations so deep after one simple hello
A true friend I've made will be so hard to let go
Took us to Steak n Shake and covered our m...
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November 18, 2016 at 7:32pm Public

 

Respect the Dress Code #56
Labeled oppressed
For their method of dress
Not worn to impress
But recieving more negativity than those who undress
How can you tell me its fair
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November 18, 2016 at 7:33pm Public

 

Tale of a Refugee #58 
I never realized the struggles you had to overcome
Perhaps I was a little naive back then too young
But now that I've matured I can see clearly the hardships you've faced
From your homeland you were displaced as it was deem...
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November 18, 2016 at 7:34pm Public

 

Colonization of Africa #60
 
They took our resources and left us with nothing.
Now my brothers and sisters gotta learn how to be resourceful and even in their stealing they were not remorseful.
We could have made trades but they preferred being for...
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November 18, 2016 at 7:36pm Public

 

Aftermath #54
Like the military my mom too where's a uniform though hers doesn't go with the status quo
One is viewed as a symbol of pride and the other is seen with resentment
My mother wears it for her religious obligation and for her...
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November 9, 2016 at 2:41pm Public

 

Clearing Land for Water #52
Firstly, the proper location must be selected ,
Then the proper tools must be collected.
And, by following the vision my uncle projected,
Surely an eye-pondering pond is expected
That even in future generations will remain...
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September 17, 2016 at 11:28pm Public

 

Election Year #51
All these politicians are the same
Making up all kinds of promises
Never can back up their claim
A majority of them are dishonest
Both bad options that's the truth
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July 25, 2016 at 8:57pm Public

 

Ever-changing #50
4 seasons each with its own unique style
And at the start of each one expect to see me smile
When autumn comes with its beautifully colored leaves
Such a pretty scene so hard to see her leave
And when that initial snow s...
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June 3, 2016 at 11:37pm Public

 

A Young Woman’s Misfortune #49  This poem's audio video version
No such thing as honor killing for there is no honor in such an act
Just because a young woman chooses her own way doesn't warrant an attack
Its 2016 we should be way past that
All because they liked someone different t...
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May 13, 2016 at 10:19pm Public

 

Love Thy Mother #48
Respect your mother
Love your mother
Cause after her they'll be no other
Remember the one that bore you
Always there for you
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May 9, 2016 at 12:17am Public

 

The Bond of Brotherhood #47  This poem's audio video version

Can fit in any situation
Without intimidation
For me it will require extra explanation
Too much...

 
May 4, 2016 at 12:55pm Friends

 

Look pass the differences #45
 
A common problem has been holding us back for years
And its up to the coming generation for they’ll be the pioneers
In bringing about the end of tribal affiliation:
A self- love so strong; another form of discriminati...
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April 22, 2016 at 3:27pm Friends

 

The Devil is Alive #44  This poem's audio video version
People accuse my brother Malcolm of spewing hate.
But what about the hate coming from the one who claims he'll make America great.
At least with Malcolm it made some sense.
He didn't promote violence he promoted self def...
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April 8, 2016 at 12:22am Friends

 

Flint # 43
Such a shame whats happening in Flint
You'd think the governor could take a hint.
But seems he'd much rather see them go extinct
Not belonging to his precinct
Arrogance is I won't help you cause you don't think how I think
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February 4, 2016 at 10:53pm Public

 

Escaping the Loop #42
On the journey of life feel like Im going no where
But you don't know how far you've come unless you look back there
But don't look too long you gotta keep moving
Be better than you were just keep improving
Sometimes l...
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November 14, 2015 at 4:17am Friends

Hamza's Poems in audio and Video, with printed words in background:

Have Hope

Free Yourself

Aftermath

Tribute to the Game

Innocent Till Proven guilty

Be the First in Helping

Scapegoat

In Honor of the Rape Victim

Someones Inspiration

Fate brought us Together

Reunited At Last