Where I’m from

people be wearing

red and

rockin’ Jordans.

You hear police sirens down the street.

Graffiti everywhere you look.

Where I live

it’s called Denver Harbor.

It smells like smoke when

I take a walk outside.

Where I’m from

people be jammin’ to

Drake, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross

Tyga, Wiz Khalifa.

The cops arrest your

homeboys for no reason.

They give them five years

in prison.

You speak to them

but they won’t listen.

Mothers and fathers devastated.

When you’re in the hood

you gotta make the right choices.

Living at home is hard.

Your parents have that talk

about drugs, sex, and alcohol.

They say, “What kind of life are you going to have?”

By Andrea, 7th Grade

[audio http://wits.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/09-life-in-the-hood-4-11-13.mp3]

Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Janet Asante, an 8th grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston.

This poem is featured as part of the 2013 A Poem a Day campaign, a National Poetry Month celebration by Writers in the Schools (WITS) that features a different poem by a WITS student every day during April. Click here to learn more. 

Special thanks to Susan Phillips, an independent radio producer in Houston, who recorded and produced all the poems for the WITS A Poem a Day campaign.  

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