Black Poetry : Childish Dreams (History Gone Wrong)

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  1. Phenomenon

    Phenomenon Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    My teacher asked me what I wanted to be when I grow up
    And I got in trouble for saying *****, mind your business!
    But that’s an endless word that I hear at home
    That’s what a grown man, that’s not my daddy, calls my mama
    And my big brother says it when he rapped his favorite Lil’ Wayne song
    So it can’t be wrong because I want to be just like my big brother
    Even though he’s dead now, I want to…
    Play those same games that he and Mary Jane played on the street corners
    That’s why I can’t wait until I get older
    Cuz I want to be a ****** when I grow up
    I want to be what white people think when we show up
    Blow up and be another thug, demanding love
    Because that’s the only way you can get respect
    Protect your own by narrowing your mindset
    I’ll grow up and have lots of girlfriends
    Who’ll give me more than a second chance
    Then I’d get them pregnant and never show up again
    I’ll spend money on anything but an education
    Use my potential and creative imagination
    To settle for illusions created by today’s hip hop nation
    Dreams that never really escalate
    But will only keep me on the streets or locked up by the state
    Instead of a doctor
    I’d rather examine the female anatomy
    Happily explore their bodies until I contract a different alphabet
    H-I-V
    Instead of a lawyer
    I’ll just be an amateur liar
    For that, I wouldn’t even have to be a full grown man
    Cuz I see boys playing with grown women all the time
    And they call them trifling, whatever that means…
    Instead of a teacher
    I’d rather use my mind for more important things
    Like how to bring more money into these pockets
    Blame the system because they always try to stop it and
    Be the same ****** that only lives for a profit
    Instead of a army soldier, I’d be a street one
    Using my freedom to dance in the clubs
    Be the alpha-thug that’s drugged on ego
    Mean mug who I think aren’t real ******* and start useless fights
    Later deciding who’s getting killed tonight
    Man I can’t wait to grow up!
    And if I die for a stupid reason
    My homies will keep believin’
    That I’ll always stay bleedin’ for my hood
    Because that’s the most precious thing that comes before my life
    Never having a wife or a legitimate family, now that’s a gangster’s paradise
    I’d go down as a legend if I died at a young age
    And I’ll be placed in that ghetto hall of fame
    The one that doesn’t make history, but only brings it shame
    I won’t be named the next Dr. King
    Because I’ll never appreciate his dream
    And I’ll never be as smart
    To stand up for a cause like Rosa Parks so
    I’ll just stay conformed to the storms of what people think being black means
    Go from being the drug dealer to being the drug fiend and
    Somebody said you don’t have to sing to be an American Idol
    Because I have the potential to become something America doesn’t expect
    A majestic black man who makes a difference and who reaches success
    But old people always want to address slavery
    Even though I wasn’t born back then
    And even though my ancestor’s skin was torn back then
    I can only build present history
    Based on the terrible actions black people put before me
    Programming me to be what profiling has in store for me
    And I think maybe some grown men are still wishing to grow up
    Even though time never slows up
    And every time my eyes close up,
    I dream of the direction I want to take
    I want to be just like my big brother
    Another black number, buried six…feet…under

    Copyright 2008
     
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    wow your pen is on fire today my brother. Brandon i really like the ironic twist and word play in this. I think that I have been completely amazed by your talent on this day. Keep up the good job my brother. I love poetry that is not only excellent word play but enligthening expression as well.
     
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    Enjoyed this scribe of creation laid out before us all
     
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    This kind of king of the hood dreaming, is history gone totally wrong, the kind that has Martin and Rosa wondering what ever happened to progress, cause there's been no forward progression here. Such power in your ink...whew.
     
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    WOW

    so deep man

    few can even begin to understand this

    you the know the alice i wa wa land type

    like i've always said it's not bad

    IT COULD BE BETTER

    and following this line of thought

    has killed us off

    while we're still alive

    amazing at it

    peace

    GREAT WRITE
     
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