Black Kid

June 9, 2009
By Eric Thomas BRONZE, Binghamton, New York
Eric Thomas BRONZE, Binghamton, New York
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Black Kid
Don’t leave me Mommy,
don’t leave me Daddy,
don’t leave me Grammy.
How can survive when I have no family?

Left me alone when I was three.

Walking, trying to learn that the streets will never free me.

Looking at the dark things crawling on my legs

got to admit it was scary.

Found a place to sleep

guess what, it didn’t help me

Always something getting cold

my legs my feet you know how the story goes.

Wake up the next morning

can’t see right cause of the light

but something is wrong with my eyes

I pray I don’t go blind by the end of tonight.

Mommy always told me stay on your feet and fight

but my mom left me and ran off with her life.

Well this is my life and I will be healthy alright!

Ten years go by, now I’m fifteen

black as can be, but I can kill a race.

Hearing gun shots go off and thinking it’s the war

but remember I have no life I’m bored.

I’m sick, stressed out and is it my imagination?

Nope I don’t know anymore!
Taking that long walk looking for the door

trying to think back to what my mom, dad, and grandma look like

Ha! I forgot I was just born.

Looking at all the black doctors in my face and finally realized the hospital was my only safe place.

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This article has 2 comments.

on Jun. 24 2009 at 2:30 pm
Eric, your poem is painfully powerful, and I appreciate the hip-hop rhythm. I'd love to hear it read aloud to fully experience each pause, rhyme, and emphasis on beat/poetic feet. The vivid imagery keeps the reader standing there with you as the poem progresses to a final punch. Write on!!!

Sunshineyday said...
on Jun. 22 2009 at 11:50 pm
first i didn't understand the rythm because I was trying to read the "stanzas", but then I realized you did a little more of a freestyle ryhme scheme. I LIKE THAT VERY MUCH! I sometimes grow tired of couplets, quadrants, and simple schemes, and this was refreshing. AND it's got powerful content!

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