Haiku H141

Went to hip hop class –
Learned hip hop philosophy –
“Accept one, give one”




Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.



Notes to this poem…

I started hip hop and break dancing class today. It’s a free class series because the teacher was following some hip hop philosophy he told us about.

In his words, the philosophy was “take one, give one”. That may or may not be accurate, word for word, but I’m telling you that philosophy in his word. In my opinion, though, I think with respect to hip hop and Black culture, “take” might carry a negative connotation with some people so I’m going to retell it as “accept one, give one”. I think it’s actually more accurate in those terms, if you know what it means.

What the philosophy means is that any time someone gives you something and you “take” it, or accept it (as you do a gift that it is), you make sure you give one back later. It’s like the giving back philosophy except that it’s more tangible with the suggestion of keeping count so you not only don’t lose track, but it’s not fluffy flaky talk. You don’t need to keep exact count, but you’d at least have an idea, or if it’s more than you can recall that you’ve accepted, then don’t count how often you give back, and just give back often.

LOVE this philosophy!

Now, some might say they prefer the giving it forward idea. To me, though, that’s a whole different situation all together. A lot of times in life, we benefit from the generosity of others. Life doesn’t go matching things so that we’re always able to give first and take second. Besides, if you give, don’t do it with the expectation you can take something later! That doesn’t work at all! So don’t think the reverse of this “accept one, give one” works, either!

It’s just fantastic the way it is!

The guy was giving this, and other classes in the past and going forward, for free because when he first learned, and many times during his learning, he learned it free from others who taught him hip hop and break dancing for free. So now, he’s giving it back and encouraged us where we had the opportunity, even if we didn’t know it well but better than some others we knew, to pass it on and “give one”.

Now that is how you spread something good!

Oh, I did learn some hip hop dancing, too. 🙂

The H-series poems comprise of haiku composed while I was not engaged in some activity during which I frequently composed poetry. That is why these are called the Inactive Haiku collection.


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