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where i'm from

i come from
the jungle of despair
with its vines and thorns
full of emptiness
i come from
the nothingness of space
without stars
born of a black hole
a vacuum of longing
i come from
a man and a woman
but not
a mother and a father
not husband and wife
nor even lovers
i come from
potential unrealized
and opportunity missed
slashing away
in the rain forest of frustration
clearing the way
for the seed of hope
i come from
the society that killed
malcolm x
and left me for dead
that promoted slavery
longer than liberty
i come from
here
wishing i was
there

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  1. Date: 4/20/2009 8:32:00 PM
    Now this piece not only sent chills throughout but, brought on tears as well, I know that you come from a place of beautiful lands and you put that vibe out there in your poetry, please understand that you are a special person.