Kids Behind Bars
The bell rings, and it is 7:40
As they lined up, the police pulled up
Great minds come ready, metal detectors handy
Is that criminalization or education?
I overheard a kid scream ... Dreams
once we believed in, turned into fantasies,
nightmares, tortures, and deferred
Langston Hughes said in his poem,
which is haunting me though like a ghost ...
An uninvited host dwelling into the womb
of the so called ghetto ... my people ... and we struggle as we go.
Day by day we pray for a better day
but the 'Archangel got me wasted while the pope is stoned'
Sixto said ... as you crucify my mind, I wonder of the days
when school was a way out until they raised the bars
behind which great minds are incarcerated.
And he screamed louder ... with such bitterness ...
His voice is carried thru the hallway
like a lion locked up in a cage, or a giant dying in an alley;
like the hippies in the 60s, the BLA and the runaways.
"Burn the books" he said
and let our imagination run wild
as we're locked up behind school bars.
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