Poem: “Anthony Reads His Own Palm”

“Anthony Reads His Own Palm”

I come from the heart of the streets
where the gorillas can’t be beat
And the untamed animals won’t
be defeated

Disasters happen and the darkness
can’t be treated

Therefore, I lean on my right and play to
the left
Hopin’ I don’t get left

I come from a family of animosity
But it’s hard to see
So there ain’t no need to let the father speak
Weaknesses and cramps
Working up and hard-headed like a concentration camp

I come from a short life so my life can
be cut short
So I gotta stay on track and pray to
The Lord


  1. DiamondsAndDogs on July 1, 2010 at 1:11 AM

    Very nice. Well done

  2. shaguftaabbas on July 1, 2010 at 2:23 AM

    I come from a short life so my life can
    be cut short
    So I gotta stay on track and pray to
    The Lord

    -there’s something magnetic in this stanza, makes me read it again n again!

  3. Emmanuel Ibok on July 1, 2010 at 2:35 AM

    The interpretation of the palm gives an interesting feel while this is being read…Nice!

  4. buttercup600 on July 1, 2010 at 5:06 AM

    A wonderful poem…keep up the good work:)

  5. Jingle on July 1, 2010 at 11:16 AM

    powerful words..

  6. D.S. Lear on July 1, 2010 at 3:26 PM

    hard hitting words powerfully written..nice work!

  7. megzone on July 1, 2010 at 4:54 PM

    lvoely poem there 🙂

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  8. Morganna on July 1, 2010 at 8:51 PM

    Nice. Have you thought of setting this to music?

  9. dustus on July 1, 2010 at 11:15 PM

    great job. Like the way you express so many influences that are very revealing.

  10. heartspell on July 2, 2010 at 12:42 AM

    strong words of hope about living… nice. Heartspell

  11. nanno1982 on July 2, 2010 at 1:05 AM

    nice imagery.. thanks for sharing

  12. lazylinerazmattazz on July 2, 2010 at 7:27 AM

    I liked the rhythm of this very much – the subject matter is hard hitting and the ending really impacts. Nice work.

  13. PinkLady on July 2, 2010 at 2:36 PM

    you won’t ever go wrong if you stay with the Lord. what an inspiring poem!

  14. Dyemone on October 20, 2020 at 12:33 PM

    Loved the emotions that was present while reading this poem. I loved every line. I hope that you continue to write more in the future.

  15. Steffy on October 28, 2020 at 3:12 PM

    The flow of your poem is incredible. It is an incredibly inspiring and beautiful message that you are sharing.

  16. kassidilenae on November 17, 2020 at 2:32 PM

    Thank you for sharing this! I love your perspective on life. It can be so hard to stay on track, especially when we encounter hardships. I challenge you to keep praying and living knowing that life i precious. Keep writing!


  17. Samantha on January 30, 2021 at 7:37 PM


    I really love the rhythm of this poem! I loved how you took a really challenging subject, and wrote it out so beautifully! Well, well done! It flowed with ease, but we could still feel the tension and the struggle of the circumstance. Nicely done balancing those two things!



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