Pray Tell (NaPoWriMo 4 of 30)


Two boys
Ages 9 & 12
After having been dropped off at my house by their 2 different mothers after 12
Are you boys hungry
Together: Yes
What did you have for breakfast
I had 4 pieces of bacon. 9
Well I had chocolate milk. 12
& maybe that wouldn’t be so bad
But the facts are
Not only is it after 12 but their mothers have dropped them off
Bc one of them is suddenly having a project, sorry politically incorrect, public housing, inspection
Both lying
Making running the streets more important than taking care of their children
& my amazement they both believed this lie to be sufficient
Nevermind the fact that I can’t understand why your house wouldn’t be clean with or without an inspection
I can go for a long time without eating. 12
Why do that
Bc I’ve trained myself, hey, my mom has one of these. She uses it to sniff her sinus medication into her nose
It’s a straw, he’s unknowingly lying
But I wonder what will happen one day when someone slides him something his mother has knowingly accustomed him to seeing done
To add insult to injury present day
His mother, over 40, is gone chasing a 22-year-old man
Meaning sleeping with another woman’s unmothered son
These women have gone from loving their sons to f**king them figuratively & in a literal sense
Repetition without repentance or remorse they now pass on a generational curse
Boys attempting to be men when they’ve never seen it done
Mistaking their ability to cum for love
Haphazardly trying to find their courage in guns & drugs
Feeding into unrealistic rap lyrics spread by other wayward children getting rich off another’s poverty
There are not more black men in jail than schools but unfortunately it is a stereotype that is not hard to believe when so many lack the desire to achieve beyond hood dreams and get rich quick schemes
Even Jay Z knew the quickest way to prosper was to leave the streets while convincing other desperate individuals how much you loved it
You pushing nickles and dimes barely making a dollar on five for crimes with a minimum 3 year sentence upon conviction
All because you brought into a few sentences over a dope ass beat
The epitome of what happens to misguided children
2 boys ages 9 and 12
Dropped off at my house by their 2 different mothers after 12
I feed them
Sit down and pour as much love into them as time will allow because little black boys have become an endangered species and im attempting to save a few generations

National Poetry Writing Month
NaPoWriMo 2014

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One thought on “Pray Tell (NaPoWriMo 4 of 30)

  1. These women has gone from loving their sons to fucking them figuratively & in a literal sense
    With repetition without repentance or remorse they now pass on a generational curse […..]

    (inhaling) added to the sentence highlighted above, IMO, what you’ve written is nothing short of a thing of beauty…THE TRUTH….and nothing but the Truth in all its (sometimes) UGLY glory.

    And the Truth is, far too many Black women/girls should NEVER even have a dog left in their care, let alone children!?! And THIS ugly truth SHOULD be told…over and over again.

    [….] I feed them. Sit down and pour as much love into them as time will allow because little black boys have become an endangered species and im attempting to save a few generations.

    (exhaling) You and me both, Nykieria. You and me both.

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