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 Growing my dread locks in Trinidad
 Was for all the right reason
 But some didn’t understand 
 They think I was a bad person
 
 I remember early one morning
 Going with friends to the river to bath
 And all of us had dread locks
 So people would look and be afraid

 People we knew all our lives
 Some we went to school with
 Now the look at us passing
 Like we are from another planet

 Being Rastafarian in this society
 The police harass us all the time’
To them you were guilty
 With out committing a crime

 It’s legal to buy cigarettes and alcohol
 Get cancer or drunk and fall down
 But when choose to grow our hair
 They point fingers saying we’re wrong

 A true Rasta follows the holy book
 Samson had seven locks of hair
 And see in the vow of a Nazareth
 Its there so very plain and clear

 We use to read the holy bible
 The bagwhat gita and noble Quran
 The only way to gain knowledge 
 Is to read, discuss and understand

 my friends were kind and humble
 Don’t drink alcohol, don’t eat pork
 But people see them on the street
 They would go on the other side to walk

 We use to Smoked marijuana 
 At night after the sun goes down
 Like two joints among six of us
 Rocking to some bob Marley songs

 The police had the right to abuse you
 And send many innocents Rastas to jail
 And the judge will ask for a lot of money 
 So they can never get out on bail

 And for me being an Indian Rasta 
 Some times it use to be hell
 Then we got tired of the harassment
 And a lot of us cut our dreads as well

 Bob Marley and I look the same
 All of my friends use to say
 And cutting my dreadlocks
 Is a mistake I regret up till today?

 I leave all my dread locks pictures
 In Trinidad when I came to the USA
 And many years after I went back
 They were destroyed or thrown away

 This is just a part of my life story
 A little history of my background
 Sometimes I want to keep on writing
 But if I don’t stop my poems will be to long

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  1. Date: 7/20/2013 8:17:00 PM

    It is truly a shame that we tend to judge others by their outward appearance. A very interesting poem. Thank you for sharing a part of who you are with us. Love, Kim

    ishmael Avatar kasim ishmael Date: 7/20/2013 8:42:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thank you very much kim