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Ghetto Stories

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Ghetto Stories

Trapped within a mortal combat
My life is the prize
This game has swallowed my happiness and makes life a fight
Knowing none ever win
Death is all that's won
Another ghetto poem
Another ghetto story
Decisions and choices are within the battlefield
Gunshots describe my life
My stripes are my scars
My name have become numbers
Drowning my hope with dope
Washing the truth with lies
Misleading by misdirecting
Causing me to miss my blessings
The truth is worth confessing
I'm tired of the oppression
So tired of stressing
Faith is all that's left
But there is little to believe
Knowing no better
Faith is air
The preacher lines his pockets
Many go hungry
The pastor says have hope
But he doubts himself
This story is told by a million fold
Each day these stories are never old
Gathering thoughts
Others laugh
While watching my back
Hoping to see another calender flip
Pouring out liquor for the ones gone  
My tears makes flowers grow
But it doesn't ease my soul

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  1. Date: 12/6/2010 11:02:00 AM
    Dear Donny, yes, Faith is like air..in that you can't see it, but it is invaluable..so whatever amount you have, remember, it is priceless! So hold on to it with all that you have, regardless of what's going on, believe that you're worth much more and whether tomorrow will find you here or not, the real you will live forever...if you believe! Peace and love, audrey..wishing you blessings this holy season and always!

  1. Date: 12/6/2010 8:38:00 AM
    Powerful write my friend,,, words from life and the heart... I grew up in the Bronx NY so somewhat know your feelings...Michael