Black Poetry : RAISED BY THE STREETS

Eric Mitchell

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RAISED BY THE STREETS​



HAD TO FIGHT FOUR GUYS TO KEEP MY BIKE THE FIRST TIME I RODE IT THROUGHT THE PROJECTS. MORE AFRAID OF THE WHIPPING FROM MY MAMA THAN THE FISTS AND FEET THAT STRUCK ME FROM ALL SIDES.

THE STREETS ARE GONNA GET YOU.

THE OLDEST OF THREE, I FOUND MYSELF IN A FIGHT ALMOST EVERYDAY, FENDING OFF A PACK OF FIERCE PREDATORS THAT WOULD ATTEMPT TO PREY UPON ME AND MY SIBLINGS. DIDN’T MATTER HOW MANY TIMES I BEAT THEM DOWN, I ALWAYS HAD TO WATCH MY BACK.

THE STREETS ARE GONNA GET YOU.

MY FATHER WORKED HARD EVERYDAY AND PROVIDED FOR US AS BEST HE COULD, BUT HIS ADDICTION TO MALT LIQUOR INCREASED MY REALM OF RESPONSIBILITY AND MADE HIM SOMEONE ELSE I HAD TO PROTECT.

THE STREETS ARE GONNA GET YOU.

MY MOTHER, UNAWARE OF THE PRESSURES I FACED, SAW MY CHANGE IN ATTITUDE AS EVIL AND PROCEEDED TO BEAT THE DEVIL OF ME, NUMBING MY BODY AND HELPING ME FIND A RETREAT DEEP WITHIN MY MIND. THERE I DECIDED NOT TO WEAR THE MENTAL CHAINS THAT BOUND MY PARENTS AND SO MANY OTHERS WHO HAD COME TO THE PROJECTS TO TRY AND MAKE ENDS MEET.

THE STREETS ARE GONNA GET YOU.

I HAD THE BRAWN, SO I DEVELOPED THE BRAINS TO WORK SMARTER AS WELL AS HARDER. I FORMED MY OWN PACK AND MADE MYSELF THE ALPHA. ALONG WITH MY AGGRESIVENESS AND DESIRE TO SUCCEED, I LEARNED EVERYTHING I COULD ABOUT FINDING THE WEAKNESS IN OTHERS AND MADE THAT MY STRENGTH. I ALSO WENT TO COLLEGE AND EARNED SOME PAPERS THAT SAY I KNOW SOME THINGS.

THE STREETS ARE GOING TO GET YOU.

NOT ONLY DID I SURVIVE, BUT I LEARNED TO THRIVE IN THOSE SAME STREETS WHERE I FOUGHT EVERYDAY. BUT I PAYED A PRICE. I AM INFECTED WITH VIOLENCE AND A HEART THAT’S COLD. SOMEHOW I HAVE BECOME THE BEAST. SO, EVERYDAY I DISGUISE MYSELF IN ITALIAN WOOL SUITS, CONCEAL THE DANGER WITH A COURTEOUS SMILE, AND WADE IN AMONG THE SHEEP.

BY ERIC MITCHELL
 

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This is an awesome drop!

It pulled me into those
projects as I visioned you
riding your bike as a youth
and growing stronger into
a man!

Wonderful Piece!!!!!!!!!
 

$$RICH$$

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word up wow!! da streets whewwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!
 

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