2002-05-11 / Community

Local Wins Hot-97 Poetry Contest

Local Wins Hot-97 Poetry Contest

Lessie Alisha Banks, 17, a student at Beach Channel High School, recently won $500 in a poetry contest run by radio station Hot-97. Banks, a Hammels resident, won both the radio contest and a school based contest for her poem, Life/(slash) Ghetto Tale. The winning poem appears below:

Mother, why me? Born in the world of corrupt,

Raised in the ghetto now in the ghetto were stuck.

The things I’ve seen at my innocent age,

I fully understand why a bird sings in a cage.

Kids don’t act like kids no more,

If only you seen the things I saw.

Girls having sex before their menstruation, who knows what’s in store for the next generation.

Boys joining gangs and stealing, just imagine how their parents are feeling.

Let me rephrase that cause some parents are worse than their kids, and their children are just making the same mistake that they did.

I wonder why they call it the projects, are we some kind of experiments?

And it’s sad that we as a people are so incoherent.

And while these different projects continue to compete, we’re constantly losing our kids to the streets.

On every corner there’s a liquor store, people killing each other while our countries at war.

White people do the crime but don’t have to do the time, a Black brother gets locked up for being at the scene of the crime.

A judge would give a white person bail they know they can afford, but a brother gets hit everytime they see the board.

It’s sad you got to walk the streets wondering if your going to get shot, and when you see the police wonder if your going to get stopped.

But that’s a part of life there’s little we can change, as long as people keep doing what they’re doing everything remains the same.

And living in this ghetto is like living in a cell, but this is just a little version of my life (slash) Ghetto Tale.


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