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One Heart, One Pen (Why I Write)

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One Heart, One Pen (Why I Write)

People ask me a lot why do I write
Well...Pain is Lyrics am I right
It constricts my heart ever so tight
I try to break the hold with all my might
But the pain is 2 strong
In this mindframe I belong
No friends in my life I remain alone
I was born the same as I will forever be gone
Beginning in my preteens I felt constant oppostion
Looking in the mirror every morning I saw no recognition
Tempted to have my head in the clouds
Which way do I go, drugs or alcohol 
Will it make my conscience proud
It will feel good I told myself, but I saw doubt
I need an outlet, I need a way out
So after the death of my bestfriend
Going on the path to destruction had to end
So in 8th grade english Mrs. Mackowich told us to write a couplet
I felt the urge to "up it"
But I had too much to say
My poetic testimony took the pain away
October 3 2004 was my first write dedicated to my friend's memory
I had my class feeling sympathy, but why do I feel like I'm the enemy
That one death was the weapon to tackle my self-doubt
My depressing
Me stressing
Self-hate in my heart thrived
My new drug has finally arrived!
So I write everyday, every way
To get away mind-wise
My emotions are disguised
The pen will be my pipe
The ink is my nicotione
Instead of putting it to my lips
I put it to the page
How could I think so deeply at such a young age
I can't stop its addicting
My thoughts are forever flipping
And they ask me why I write
It's obvious I feel spite
After reading people assume I want to be a rapper
Such dogmatic fools why would I participate in such "crapper"
It doesn't matter If I'm black
I'm human and that's that
Rappers write from the mind
I write from the heart
Straight from the middle like a game of darts
I'm the Robert Frost of rap
The Jay-Z of poetry
The Edgar Allen Poe of lyrics
The Kanye West of english
All embodied in one to the end
All I need is One Heart 
All I need is One Pen

If you can't tell that I'm the most unique Afican American of my age you are without 
perspective. If you are not rich and powerful people feel as if what you say is meaningless.I 
speak to people of all corners of humanity with my feelings and thoughts.While my 
bestfriends were partying and doing crime when i was growing up in my teen years, I was in 
my room reading harry potter, playing Playstation, and writing poetry.This is my life and 
talent. The legacy I chose to imprint. This is my ode to poetry.

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  1. Date: 7/13/2010 9:10:00 PM
    that was very interesting how you told your ethic background and the steotype of blacks as all rappers. I enjoyed knowng how you feel about rap (crapper) haha. I appreciate how you want to stretch your horizons and be known for yourself as an individual. Great poem for telling your heart, Richard. Writing is in our blood and we can't do anything but embrace it! LUv, Andrea

  1. Date: 2/23/2010 10:47:00 AM
    WOW! That is absolutely beautiful. If it was a crime to write so well you would be arrested. Haha!

  1. Date: 2/23/2010 10:17:00 AM
    Wow you're an amazing poet. You are so good!! I mean absolutly extraordinary!! :)

  1. Date: 2/7/2010 3:44:00 PM
    good for you, wish you all the best. Keep sharing your art with us!! May you be always be filled with an overflowing of inspiration. Poetry has helped me through some tough times.

  1. Date: 2/4/2010 10:51:00 AM
    My dear long lost friend Richard, WOW!!!! I can't believe I have not read you for so long, YES!! you are a very talented man, act upon all your great inspired thoughts and live your dreams! I know you will! love Simone

  1. Date: 1/27/2010 4:20:00 PM
    Just deep and beautiful,indeed a gem..Charma

  1. Date: 1/25/2010 7:01:00 PM
    My little Brother, I am so very proud of you! Your gifts you share so eloquently. Straight from the heart with no pretense. This is another well-written piece. You are special indeed! Thanks for sharing this with us and welcome back, Jamal! Peace and love, your big siter, Audrey P.S. Thanks for reading and commenting on my poem! Truly appreciated!

  1. Date: 1/25/2010 11:06:00 AM
    Wow.....!!! What can I say to do this honest, heart-felt poem the justice it deserves? You have fulfilled this contest with such an out pouring of who you are inside a poet's mind, and inside a heart that holds deep, thoughtful meaning. Well done!!!