I remember being in the streets living
Project living, dreams of making millions
But project living earned me a spot in the system
Times got hard
So I prayed to Allah
Just keep your mind occupied
On your journey or your ride
Before it’s too late, tell your God
You appreciate him for keeping you alive

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  1. Jarraed Allen on June 17, 2021 at 3:25 PM

    Your poem is speaking nothing but the truth to how so many kids in inner cities thinking living that street life is cool until you end up locked up with your freedom taking away. Finding faith and refocusing your energy helped you make it through and that’s a lesson others can follow. Great job.

  2. Samantha on June 29, 2021 at 9:06 PM


    I really appreciated your vulnerability and dependence on your faith! I like the line “you appreciate him keeping you alive”! Thank you for sharing your poem!

    Best regards,


  3. Brittani Forman on July 13, 2021 at 6:30 PM

    Dear SW,
    Nice bringing your own insight and experience into your poem. Nice poem. I like the rhythm of it. Keep working

  4. Madison White on July 15, 2021 at 7:49 PM

    SW, your poem succinctly tells a story that brings about so much imagery using a brief poem. THAT is talent! Your poem has great cadence and rhyme scheme! This poem really leaves your reader with a lot to take away from it and think about when they’re done reading. That’s not easy to have that kind of impact on your reader, but you do it incredibly well! Thank you for sharing this!

  5. Lily on August 9, 2021 at 11:16 AM

    I like this poem because it was concise and easy to read. Great job!

  6. Maxine Cassell on August 18, 2021 at 9:51 PM


    I really enjoyed your poem and the challenge I felt it brought up. I feel that there is a suffering and it can be easy to lose sight, but faith is a way to find that light. There are many small things that can be overwhelming and stressful but the last line of your poem spoke volume, “You appreciate him for keeping you alive”. We tend to forget to be grateful for living and experiencing life. Your poem brings readers back to that simple and most gratifying joy we have and that is life. Thank you for your touching poem, please keep writing.

  7. Adam on August 19, 2021 at 10:45 AM

    I love your expression of hope through faith and gratitude. Gratitude is the path to having more to be gracious for. stay with your faith and keep giving thanks for what you have. I believe in you and thank you for sharing this with me.

  8. Mona Villesvik on September 20, 2021 at 3:29 PM


    I love the theme of gratitude and appreciation throughout this poem. Despite how hard life gets, we can still be thankful to whichever God one prays to that we still have a life to live and air in our lungs!

    Stay strong!


  9. Cara on September 29, 2021 at 6:13 AM

    SW, your last two lines are pure magic.

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