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By , Monterey, CA
When you look at me and try to judge
Remember you don't live on my street.
You've never felt the heat of hate sting so hard you could die
Hoping when you awake you soul will rise and fly.

You don't live on my street.
Remember that when you try to catch my beat and my flow.
Too bad you can't. You're too slow
Because you ain't never lived on the other side of my do'.
You haven't cried like I have
And you haven't been where I've been.
You haven't thought my thoughts
Nor sinned my sins.

Let me ask you a question.
Did your mother try to sell you,
Like you were an object just to be used,
Allowed you to be abused because she wasn't around?
Or maybe your family's oppression
Caused you to sink lower into a revolving depression?
No? That's because you don't live on my street.
You can't handle the shackles I've had on my feet.

I've been in a room full of people and felt alone
Going into a house with family yet it wasn't a home.
You ask me how did I get into Rhodes? Why?
Because my life has been so cold?
Don't get offended when I say it's not your business.
What you think you know is really not me.
You'll find that out the day you come live on my street!

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IlovemeThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Dec. 10, 2013 at 5:27 am
one word- heartfelt
 
ToyRe This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 10, 2013 at 5:41 pm
Thank you so much!
 
LestyP said...
Oct. 28, 2012 at 11:14 am
Reminds me of a Walter Dean Myers book :) I like it! 
 
LaReSt This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Feb. 27, 2013 at 3:37 pm
Thank you!
 
Ollieanne said...
Aug. 23, 2012 at 3:21 pm
Your words convey very strong and powerful emotions, it's absolutely stunning
 
Alexa19 said...
Jan. 16, 2012 at 6:54 pm
Is this is really amazing, I really feel the emotions in the piece. great job!
 
Lexie96 said...
Nov. 3, 2011 at 9:05 pm
Oh, wow, if this is what happened to you then I am so sorry, but, this is such a beautiful poem... You have talent... don't forget that and don't let it slip away either. One day we'll all be reading a book and your name will be on the cover of it... I'm sure of it.
 
BriBear94 said...
Nov. 2, 2011 at 10:46 am
*tear* that was beautiful!<3
 
LaReSt This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Feb. 27, 2013 at 3:37 pm
Thank you!
 
sallysunshine1500 said...
Oct. 20, 2011 at 9:48 pm
this is very deep and have mean to it because you can feel the pain bying image what u went throught 
 
HolesInTheHeart said...
Sept. 21, 2011 at 9:41 am
I really enjoyed reading this. You're very talented. I also feel I can relate to your writing because I grew up in the ghettos of a big city. I deeply understand the message you're trying to bring across. There are horrors you go through in a place like that that no child should ever have to see, but somehow, sadly, so many do. You did a great job. Keep it up :)
 
Lizette said...
Aug. 25, 2011 at 8:49 pm
i loved the writing! great job.  i truelly feel sorry for people who go through stuff like this, though i know words hardly help.
 
Antoinette16 said...
Jul. 2, 2011 at 1:23 pm
this is unbelievable!
 
lolxxaddict said...
Jun. 27, 2011 at 7:33 am
I Loved This ! <3 True Talent - Keep Writing! Never Judge Someone If You Have No Idea What Their Story Is!
 
evybby said...
Apr. 27, 2011 at 11:47 pm
WOW. Its truely an amazing poem, its just so breath taking. awesome!(:
 
Uncundishunal said...
Mar. 14, 2011 at 6:22 pm

OMG, this poem was so deep! I cannot describe the powerful emotions it portrays.

Wonderful job =D

 
Allthegoodnamesaretaken said...
Feb. 20, 2011 at 11:33 am
Im feelin this. The flow was good, the meaning was good, it made me feel the emotions you were feeling when you wrote it. The only thing i would change is you need to step up ur vocab.
 
CestLaVie said...
Dec. 16, 2010 at 7:19 pm

The line "Going into a house with a family yet is wasn't a home" was SO well said. I love the themes in this piece and the imagery. Definitely would be a song I would listen to. I don't think that an exclamation mark is needed at the end, or any punctuation at all

:)

 
elisianicole101 said...
Sept. 27, 2010 at 9:45 pm

This is sad): but it's deep! you really poured your heart out and thats what i love about it! and if this is what really happened to you i'm sorry.

I really love this poem(:

 
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