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Strengthening Youth Leadership

Transforms Communities
 

Broken

By Iyawna Burnett (2016, tenderness)

I sit in silence as my city riots in a silent but deadly stampede
Broken, breaking barriers breaking down doors
Broken glass breaking Windows
just to let some air in suffocating barely breathing
Breathtaking how life can be sometimes or all the time most of the time
we are searching seeking thinking
something has to give giving everything for nothing
begging pleading snatching stealing any and everything
just to find something to live for to die for to be remembered for
even if its all for nothing
blinking staring off into the distance wiping running water from my eyes
gulping choking down pain like thick medicine
a taste of our own medicine

beef threats clap back fists thrown guns aimed shots fired
retaliate retaliate retaliate war
lives lost children lost my generation lost
an eye for an eye – we’re already blind – it’s too late
Broken hearts homes families broken
breaking news murder shots fired
a shooting here there here everywhere
which way is no where? You’re standing in it
Frozen, heart beating eyes leaking mind racing running chasing running chasing life chasing dreams running the streets running from beef or running to it
with thoughts of dying for respect guns blazing
blazing summers and mothers’ tears for another lost Son
my life your life
I sit in silence screaming as my city riots in a silent but deadly stampede
stop the violence marches and statuses speeches and preaching
but nothing is sinking in
its a lose lose the system will forever win
R.I.P over and over and not many over 23

if you ask me where I’m from
ask me where young men go to die
rep streets give their life for respect and sets
ask me where is nowhere

Breathtaking how life can be sometimes or all the time
most of the time we are just searching seeking
thinking something has to give!
giving everything for nothing begging pleading snatching stealing any and everything just to find something to live for to die for to Be remembered for
even if its all for nothing in the middle of nowhere
I’m trying to find hope in a city so broken
hoping to get somewhere before it’s too late !