How do I start my life story?
Should I start when I popped out my Mother in 1994
or do I start on the day when my Father walked out the door
maybe I’ll start on the playground
where ears were covered to block out the sound of gun sound
where a body could be found where I play
and police harass me and friends all day
writin’ my life in poetry is hard if you have nowhere
Wait I can start….
When I slept with the bathroom light on
because I was scared of the dark
or even when I got beat up in the park
because I wouldn’t share my chalk
or how I was laughed at in school
because I wore shoes with no socks-
Sometimes, how do I write poetry bout my life?
When half the time I don’t know if where me and my family
Goin’ sleep at night
or was I going to be alive the following night
and make it to sunlight.
Okay, hold on, I got it get ready to take notes
starting at 10-
when I seen crack addicts sleep in the hallway
high off the drugs they smoked the previous day
when teachers in school called me dumb-
because of my test grades
So How do I start my life story?
When I can start from so many places
So, you pick like your favorite food on a menu
until then my life story is to be continued….
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