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A Song Of Hope This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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   Mama's always talkin'

'bout the world she used to know

When America was the dream

and a dream was good to go.



When kids were kids, games were games,

guns were filled with water

But . . .

what the years have taught her!



Little girls and doubledutch . . .

today, they dare to dream

Their hands caught in tangled rope,

I hear them scream.



Black boys and nappy hair . . .

do the ends justify the means?

As bullets rivet through the air

and kill their dreams.



Sirens drown my mother's voice . . .

gunshots cry of fear

Who's left to sing a song of hope

when all the smoke is cleared?




This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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