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2016 WORDS UNLOCKED FINALIST: My Life

Poem: My Life

School/Facility: Wasatch Youth Center
Teaching Artist: Bonnie Shaw
Poet: A.G.

POEM TITLE: My Life

I’m tired of sitting in this empty cell.

The crimes I committed

make me think I’m going to hell.

Why do I choose this life?

Why can’t I do things right?

 

I’m sorry to my family, all of those I hurt.

Rest in peace

to the homie

lying in the dirt.

Why do I hurt the people I love?

Why do I only love some?

 

In & out of lockup,

that’s the way I live.

But I can’t stop.

Why am I locked up?

Why can’t I stop?

 

I’m too addicted

To the rush.

The life I’m living is rough.

I feel like I’m a screw

that’s made out of rust.

Why am I stuck between good and bad?

Why is my life so sad?

 

 

 

 

 

One day

hopefully

I’ll be able to change.

It’s going to be hard.

This was the way I was raised.

Why is it so hard to change?

Why was I raised to live this way?

 

I grew up seeing

my parents locked in a cage.

I grew up with dogs,

the ones that can’t be tamed.

I’ve seen the streets steal kids.

Very little remains.

Why did I have to witness these things?

Why did I let these things impact my dreams?

 

All these memories will be with me

till the end of my days.

I’m a product of my environment.

Man, I don’t know if I’ll ever change.

Why is the only thing I can say?

Why did things turn out this way?