Category Archives: Poems

LISTEN!!! Am I loud enough

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Many people want to play doctor and diagnose you

But nobody wants to take time to see things the way you do

We live in a money hungry society

People don’t take time to understand anybody

I want to be the change people see in the world

That is why I strive to be better than just any ol’ girl

I have outstanding ideas and dreams

I just wish everybody would see

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It Starts With YOU

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Have you ever been strong enough to question things

Even if it can bring pain and have a harsh sting

What if the people before us never made a stance

Would it even be acceptable to do all the various dance

 

Though we as a people have come a long way; there is still a long way to go

But at the rate we’re going I just don’t know

We are beginning to become lazy and lack the passion we once had

It does not have to be like this, we don’t have to go down with the bad

 

What happened to the days when people cared about the well being of all

Coming together to make a change; we stood strong and tall

What about the time people used their minds and peace demonstrations to fight for freedom and rights

Why today do people resort to their hands and weapons to start unnecessary fights

 

What about all those who actually struggle and fight to see another day

Who aren’t here because they have time for the games many people play

Also, what about all those children who have lost hope

And resort to a quick fix and might even sell dope

 

What do we say to those who have fought for our freedom

When they come back, we down our noses and act like we don’t know how to treat them

What about all the mothers struggling to run a household on their own

Shouldn’t we show them that their appreciated and their efforts don’t go unknown

 

What happened to having values and morals

Do people even take time to consider their conscience

They say if we don’t know what we stand for, we’ll stand for anything

Don’t you want to have that passion, where you have a definite belief in something

 

Aren’t you tired of being sick and tired of all the craziness

Let’s all be one and make a change and put aside our differences

Times are changing and we have the ability to change our future

No more time to be uneducated, go learn something informative and don’t skip school like Ferris Beuller

 

I challenge you to be strong enough to question the unquestionable things

Stand strong and have courage even if it can bring pain and have a harsh sting

Always remember this, what if the people before us never made a stance

Would it even be acceptable to do all the various dance

-Arielle Burton

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Wake Up

 

 

Sometimes people need a reason to believe

Whether it’s a gesture or they can actual see what you see

Don’t get frustrated when things don’t seem right

Stand up and never give up; remember to always fight

 

Even when you feel down and out

Remember there is always an angel out and about

An angel’s presence is always around

So stop acting defeated and laying on the ground

 

Yea things get rough

And at times seem extremely tough

Sometimes facing your enemy in the eye

Is intimidating and you do not know whether to run or hide

 

How selfish can you be, to think that you’re the only one with issues

Oh wait I was told to be sensitive to those going through, wait right there while I get tissues

You know what makes me mad, a girl from the time she was 2 to 8 was brutally mistreated and tortured

But she still found the courage to want to reach out to others and be one who nurtured

She longs to help others and prevent them from going through, what she went through

 

Oh I’m sorry, your problem is so bad

I don’t blame you, you do have the right to be mad

There are many people out there going through something

What makes you think your problem is worth noting

 

Instead of always feeling bad for yourself

Go do something for someone else

The greatest gift comes from knowing that you changed a person’s life

Giving when there is all kinds of strife

 

There are angels always surrounding you

So stop acting like you cannot be of use

Walk in faith and love

Be something similar to a dove

 

You know, sometimes people need a reason to believe

Whether it’s a gesture or they can actual see what you see

Don’t get frustrated when others don’t see things like you

Remember it took time for you to become the you that is new

 

-Arielle Burton

 

Brown Skin

Claudia Balthazar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On my face is not my inner desires,

Is not my faults and my wants,

Is not my past relationships and a thousand mistakes

On my face is not my soul, who I am

But on my face is my brown skin

And in my brown skin is my history

And in my history is the Martin Luther Kings

Great men that did great things

There’s the Rodney Kings

Beaten and oppressed.

 

And in my history is the fallen of a great man

And the rise of a great man

There’s everything

There’s sin and there’s forgiveness

There’s hope, there’s braveness.

 

On my face is not my soul, who I am

But on my face is my brown skin

And in my brown skin there’s my now

And in my now, there’s dreams and hopes for better tomorrow’s

But in my now there’s Trayvon Martin sorrows

But then there’s the ones who seem to have forgotten oppressions

Who are behind the triggers and pull the triggers

Who embrace it when their brothers call them niggers.

And in my now there’s the television drama fights,

Dead beats and uneducated baby mamas,

But in my now, there’s hope of more Obamas

Of brighter futures and better days,

The realization that we are no longer slaves.

 

On my face is not my inner desires

Is not my faults and my wants

Is not my past relationships, and a thousand mistakes

On my face is not my soul, who I am

But on my face is my brown skin

And in my brown skin there is my mother

And in my brown skin, there is me.

 

And people, I am Not my skin, but I love the skin I’m in.

 

-Claudia Balthazar

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What Does it Mean

Sisterhood by Kolongi

What does it mean to be an African American or Black woman

How can you prejudge me on the color of my complexion

If you knew my story, you would know there is room for correction

What does it mean to be an African American or Black woman

 

Well my scars don’t all show

But since you are one to judge you probably already know

I came into the world with the odds against me

Came from a strong line of woman who knew how to be

A wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, an auntie, the provider and nurturer

But day after day constantly fight through all the torture

What does it mean to be an African American or Black woman

 

I had an aunt who was abused

Lied on and mistreated and harshly used

To see the pain in my mama’s eyes

Made me sit and wonder why

How does she even have the strength to even try

How can I stop my mama’s cry

But again I say, What does it mean to be an African American or Black woman

 

I have a mommom who can light up your world

I was always considered mommom’s little girl

What was I to do when she received that news

Sorry ma’am you seem to have caught Breast Cancer too

How can she go through all the medicine and treatment

And continue to be full of life and always vibrant

So what does it mean to be an African American or Black woman

 

Oh here’s one, what about my friend controlled and manipulated by men

What about her constant desire to be classified as a ten

Or what about that awful day, that one man who took it all away

Took something that is a jewel but he didn’t consider that he forced himself and had his way

What was I to say, what was I to do

I just sat there and listened to her story as a friend because the bond we had seemed like the only thing true

And I sit here and ask myself, What does it mean to be an African American or Black woman

 

We are women of valor and integrity

We go day by day with our heads held high, striving for victory

We are judged and taken granted for

But we never stopped loving those we adore

We fight day in and day out

But we don’t sit around because a smart woman knows there is no time to pout

We are strong for our kids and try our best to support them in all they do

We go from job to job working hard to give them a life that will be new

We are women full of life and beauty

We strive day by day to live up to our duty

We come in all different shapes, colors, and sizes

We should be cherished and treated as prizes

 

What does it mean to be an African American or Black woman

It means that you don’t live to the standard of any man

You have hopes and dreams that you try hard to succeed

You don’t look for handouts and you don’t complain about what you need

You learn how to live and conquer tough times

Because even if you fall you’ve learned to get back up and climb

The meaning is that you can’t be defined

We are women with tough skin and fight against the odds of men

 

Now what does it mean to you to be an African American or Black woman

-Arielle Burton

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A Whole New Meaning

photo by Trench Reynolds

Many people want to be heard

However nobody is willing to wait their turn

Sometimes the people who are supposed to mean the most

Use and abuse you like over-cooked toast

 

Finding someone that you can trust

Nowadays seem like a must

But how can anyone gain that trust, if the most important person stabs you in the back

How else do you expect one to act

 

Time after time you try to see who you can confide in

But people today don’t know the true definition of a friend

What happened to keeping things amongst each other

Or that person who you knew blood didn’t need say you were sister or brother

 

What happened to the days when loyalty mattered

When you didn’t stick around just because you felt flattered

Or what about making memories that will never be forgotten

But considering the friendships today, things just are rotten

 

What happened to encouraging one another

You know, the time when everyone grew together

Friends considered each other feelings and the friend code was used

But I guess nowadays people are just used like a tool

 

Well I’m tired of playing my part

And others continue to shoot and aim that dart

When they shoot I know they get pretty close to the heart

Then all over again, I have to set out and restart

 

The saying is people change but memories don’t

But it’s hard trying to build a friendship with people who won’t,

Consider anything else but themselves

And have their own motives that they want to prevail

 

So I say again, many people want to be heard

However nobody is willing to wait their turn

Sometimes the people who are supposed to mean the most

Use and abuse you like over-cooked toast

My question to you is are you willing to be that friend

That will stick through thick and thin?

 

– Arielle Burton

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