I Want to Hear an American Poem

Ula Peapea, Staff Writer

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I want to hear an American poem

Give me an American poem,

something deep, something real,

 

Something that’ll really let people know the deal!

I wanna hear an American poem,

Something to let them know,

How it feels to be woken up to police sirens,

 

Automatically knowing that someone caught a body,

And someone two shots to the head!

Something like…

How it is to walk past “the boys with the badge”

and the yellow tape, knowing that’s someone you know

 

I wanna hear an American poem,

Something like..

how it feels to go in and out of depression,

how it feels to be around the wrong crowds

Becoming under the influence day and night ,

just to get past the feelings, emotions,

and just all the drama.

 

I wanna hear an American poem

Something American like..

how it feels to be judged based off the way you act,

the way you dress, the way you are,

How it feels to act “ okay “ just to keep up yo wall

 

I wanna hear something like

how it feels to move house to house,

all cos your own family doesn’t “want” you

Something like..

How it feels to be stuck in this fcked up foster system

something like..

How it feels to be emotionally and physically damaged

cos’ a 37 year old man decided to undefine a 7 year little girl.

 

Give me an American poem,

Something like..

How it feels to seek help, but everywhere you look

there’s no support, no love, no nothing

Something like…

How it feels to be treated like the “black sheep of the family”

Or how it feels to be looked down on and talked about constantly

Something like,

How it feels to deceive yourself, giving up on life

digging yourself a deeper hole,

Cos there’s no hope.

 

I want to hear a real American poem

Something American, something like

How it feels to keep pushing forwards,

but something or someone always pushing you two steps back

How it is to be in the inside looking out,

never able to explain your typa situation.

 

Sorry but my bad if I don’t want to hear about

How America is perfect and happy

Or how America is

All smiles while the only person that was there for you is

fighting on trial, for a crime that he didn’t commit

 

I guess it’s just me, but I want to hear an American poem

An American poem, something inspirational

something to give hope to those in the dark

Something to lift up those that are messed up in the head

Something to tell the youngins, that  “this ain’t the life for them”

Something to let the “judgementals” know that we ain’t got it like them

Something to help keep pushing forward, with a reminder “DON’T stop, WON’T stop”

 

Give me an American poem

Something to let people know

that not everyone lives a happy perfect life

Not everyone reaches their dreams,

Due to their surroundings or the shit they go through.

 

Give me an American poem

Something real!, Something deep!

you feel me?

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