I Finish Where Jesmyn Ward Left Off

By AG

After Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward

I’ve once read a book and Jesmyn Ward said majority of black kids drop-out
I kind of see what she’s talking about
Going to school and just sit in the back alone to the great knowledge
Your classmates are achievers, most likely end up in college
If school isn’t your concern, well nor should the malice
You are smart, you are capable to achieve what your heart desires
If someone tell you different then they’re liars
Jesmyn said why not find what motivates this kid?
I agree, why not refer the kid to the school counselor?
Instead of tossing them out like a club bouncer
It’s always different strokes for different folks
I know because I was that kid, scared to ask for help
I had no confidence in myself
So I tried to be smart at being cool
I now consider myself the biggest fool
Now I’m older I realize school was my 1-way ticket from being a statistic
Quitting school gets you prison
In most instances
But you do have drop-outs who make gold from mold
But it’s a small chance
But where I stand as a man, I want you kids to believe in yourself
Believe in school and never give up!
Work sometimes can be tough
But your hardest effort is always enough

Book Club

By CL

Thank you all for inviting me to a vast new world
Where one is limited only by a lack of imagination
A place where countless adventures unfurl
On a voyage to uncharted destinations

Kelli’s biweekly sessions of meditation
Followed by games to relieve our stress
Keela’s unwavering dedication
Encouraging us all to do our best

So amazing how a simple chapter in a book
Can give birth to complicated meetings of the mind
It’s a blessing in disguise depending on where you look
The cherished camaraderie you inevitably find

Brought together by words unread
Bonded by stories of similar fate
Reliving these memories in my head
Of moments I truly appreciate

Dedicated to Kelli Taylor, Keela Hailes, and the entire Free Minds Book Club Family  

Dear Mom

By HW

I have to bring it up, remember what you told me?
You said, “Son go outside and play,”
And when I got scraped up you said, “everything would be OK.”

You told me life was like baseball, three strikes and I’m out.
You told me drive slow, but you never said, don’t take the fast route.
When I was young, I thought you knew everything,
Until I realized that death was a part of our reality.

Mom, it’s like the world’s against me, because I’m black.
I want kids, but I don’t want them to go through that.

Why do they hate us?
Why do they laugh?
It’s like you get your respect, when you get your cash.

Mom, what’s modern day slavery?
I thought slavery was dead.
So constitutions and amendments mean nothing, now that Lincoln is dead.
I’ll go read a book and find what they hid,
Because you told me, they been hiding things there, since I was a kid.

I Am Thankful For

By K.

I am thankful for music

As this is the calming I need each day

I am thankful for literature

As it provides a temporary escape from reality

I am thankful for my health

As I am better able to help those around me

I am thankful for my friends

As they help me keep life in perspective

I am thankful for my education and wisdom

As I am better prepared for life’s daily struggles

I am thankful for my godmother

As she has shown me true unconditional love

Most of all I am thankful for God Almighty

As He has given me the capacity to forgive and love

What are you thankful for?

Two Sides

By GD

 
My eyes look dry
But truly my heart cries
I’m peaceful to society’s eye
But inside I fight my demon’s cry
Two sides to each story
Two sides to a book
I’m an ex-felon but truly not a crook
Drugs have no need in my life
All I need is
Free-Minds
Books
And a pen to write