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My ghetto (Pondering)

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My ghetto (Pondering)

Ponder this thought my brothers and sisters with me…it’s just an observation 

from someone who has seen the same things you see, night after night as I 

walk the streets.

Who made that sister sell her body just to be able to buy your crack?

Who made that brother shoot another brother in the head, all over a piece of 

land that neither of them owns?


Who made that sister have a baby at just 15 when she couldn’t even afford to 

feed it or give it a decent home?

Who made that brother throw that trash in our streets, who told him he could 

write graffiti anywhere he please?

Who told that brother that just because he wears his pants hanging off his but 

makes him look cool?

Ponder my brothers now can you picture this with me...what if we stop trying to 

live black and instead just be black and do what we all just need to do to do 

right in life? 

What if we each took responsibility for ourselves and stop blaming other races 

and people for a ghetto we are each creating by the way we each are acting? 

So, you tired of this ghetto and you wanna get out? Then take a good hard 

look at yourself my brother or sister's and make sure that you are not the one 

who is contributing to turning this place into a ghetto instead of a place you can 

call your home.

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  1. Date: 6/6/2010 9:34:00 PM
    Well said here....that is the sad truth--perpetuating the ghetto in cycle after cycle. Great, uplifting poem. Chris.

  1. Date: 6/6/2010 12:10:00 PM
    Nice- great aspirations and truth to this.

  1. Date: 6/6/2010 7:38:00 AM
    Nice observation and wonderful write