Poem: “College”


Most young poets talk about the ghetto

But I’ll talk about college

That’s where I wanna be

To obtain some knowledge

I wanna be out from behind bars

In a college class getting ready for the future

And learning from the past

People think being behind bars

Makes you change your ways

But in reality it only makes you worse

‘Cause there are inmates all around you

With a criminal thirst

We wanna steal, rob and kill

Because we think

There’s nothing to look forward to

We can do what we wanna do

Now in college I can study black history

But behind bars my people are a mystery

Now when I get released

I wanna go to college

Because there’s no point in living

If we don’t have knowledge!


  1. Mary on May 10, 2011 at 8:28 PM

    Dear Free Minds Poet: Yes, there IS something to look forward to and you just have to keep imagining it like you’re doing now! Great poem, one that I’d love to share with my students because they take their education for granted. They don’t value it the way you do. Keep writing! ~Mary

  2. Kara McDonald on May 16, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    This is amazing! It’s very creative and insightful. I’m going to college soon and I’m really looking forward to learning more knowledge, just as you aspire to do. Keep looking ahead, you’ll go places!

  3. Abby on August 10, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    Learning is the so transformative and has a much better chance of “rehabilitating” a person than incarceration could ever hope to! Thank you for reminding me how lucky I am to be a student, and I pray that the day soon comes when you can frame your bachelor’s in Black History.

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