Message to the Broken Black Man

It's not always easy
To smile in a crowd
To forgive when it hurts
Or stay quiet when its loud
Quite contrary to popular belief
That a black man could one day be
His family's guide out of poverty
Oh how I hope that's me
Unfortunate that it would be
That his best friend would be locked away
It's been over 2 years now
Since his brother graced the ground of the penitentiary
As for his dreams, they're somehow coming true
In the mist of his disarray
Level headed, goal oriented but don't think he's perfect
Most of us are built that way
But his face reveals the stripes that are
So deeply imprinted on his back
And the tears he cries are the evidence of hurt he feels
When he thinks of loved ones he can't bring back
Now the only mission left on this side
Is to keep young people awoken
And he knows that he must do this
Even in the midst of being broken

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