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Ndiritu Mwangi

Brown shoes for an interview
These worn brown shoes my brother-in-law wore
do not fit well into feet unused to expensive tastes
I try them on,
to travel into the dream of an office
the shirt collar could tell the tale; of sweat
 sometimes tears of age it hides, a skin of cotton

These yellow socks with green stripes may have been 
part of my niece's school uniform, but upon my feet 
they're worn, toes that have tasted the waste in gullies
and the mud caked crusts in the slum chasing
elusive dreams in an unforgivi...
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Life is life and death is apart of that.
Poem #2,695 Life is life and death is apart of that.

My Mom was up in age when she had me, due to this fact, I’ve been losing those dearly close to me all of my life. At first, like most, I began to begrudge death, feeling as if those around me who died, were being taken, and so I took it personal. Viewing death as more of a punishment doled out, than anything else. Figuring that one day would be my time, to be absconded and taken away from those that I love. Back then I had no understanding,...
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We sing about rainbows, make and watch movies about rainbows even fantasize about what's at the end of the rainbow. We daydream there's another world at the end of that rainbow a world where we may find a pot of gold. We daydream there's another world at the end of the rainbow where we can have leprechauns to grant our wishes, desires and hopes. Some of us follow the end of the rainbow hoping to follow our dreams. Our dreams to be carefree to transform ourselves to something else such as a bird...
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Pieces Of A Brick
I was shaped and formed my mother’s womb was the pot
whipped up in the kitchen like a slave long before I made addicts
a slave to me

Long before I made addicts misbehave because of me 
They built me up just to break me down again weighing me on scales that had nothing to do with justice 

They say justice is blind and so were the cops on the take I have many names some refer to me as coke because I give them that fizz that they looking for never been in a red bottle but I’ve been snort...
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Ndiritu Mwangi

It's no longer black & white,
They're shades of greys in the spectrum
Where boys learn to take
opioids to conceal an emptiness,
escape reality in intoxicated spurts
or trade in drugs to feed themselves
while speeding towards the cliffs
Their manhood is a little torn
from constant pressure to perform
and slowly getting swallowed
by the insecure anxiety within.
Man leans upon a crooked system
of a society watching prejudices
festering in an environment hostile
to the growth of his se...
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Mahesa Jenar

In the past, there were indeed several poems that were fixated on my happiness and pain, because of you. But now, there's nothing left for you, except for myself. Isn't poetry a literary image? Through it, i want to jump the boundaries, reach what i can't reach.

So ignore my rhyme, once again it's not only about you. And then again, i’m not the one i used to be, am i? The path i take is no longer towards your heart.

Your shadow that used to always come in the afternoon, through the window...
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I pray for all of us
Poem #2,694 I pray for all of us 

Growing up, I was blessed enough to be told the story, about the three righteous men, in one house hold a circle was drawn around the leader and only his immediate family was welcome. In the second household, a circle was drawn around the leader and his extended family, aunts, uncles and cousins could join but in the third household, a circle was drawn big enough, that it would encompass everyone who needed shelter and all were welcome, and that is me, I pray...
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It will heal
Poem #2,693 It will heal 

What You put me through, doesn’t even matter anymore! The only things relevant about what you and I shared, for the time we shared it, is the fact that I know how to love me now and I also have learned when enough is enough. In the act of loving on you, I all but lost my me and on the road back to redemption, from a placed point by your side labeled as hell, I can only acknowledge this truth about my pain, It will heal.

You tried to break me, daily insults, system...
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Sneaker Head
We heard enough about Jane’s Addiction 
Now let’s talk about my addiction sneakers 
First up the Air Force 1’s yeah some are addicted
to that white dope I just rock dope white Air Force 1’s
every time I lace them up I take flight and even if I’m not 
wearing them, like a 21 gun salute, I aim high even though they have the high tops
I stick with the classic 07 lows

Next up Penny Hardaways I remember earning pennies 
the hard way just to get me a pair once I held them it was 
magic Pe...
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Ryan Mathyzen

in the life of pretend
we make our own rules
we do not pretend to abide by it
we create scenarios
to see how each one will pan out
we pretend everything is okay
for we do not wish to be reminded of how life really is
we pretend to be better off
when all we want is affection and trust
we pretend to be faultless
when mistakes are limitless
we pretend to be shameless
but we bring shame upon our loved ones
we do wrong and ask for forgiveness
some pretend that nothing is wrong
and keep...
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Lewis Jian

For Anna
For Anna 

You'll never know
whenever I miss you
I simply turn to gaze 
at the marigold
in my garden
shiny green
fragrant and pretty
young as you are
enjoying the sunshine
in late June
What if the sun 
forgets to shine
this coming summer
I'm afraid
as well as your smile 
won't flower
If you forget
to send me blessings
from the other side
of the world
once in a while
via the breeze
I'm afraid
my poetry won't fly
in the coming years

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Can't believe im crying
Soon il have to let you go
My heart is denying
But its out there you have to grow

Look at all my tears
Dear God my worst fears
Everything has an end
Il soon be a forgotten friend

I don't want to lose it
But we didn't choose it
A jewel i will never find
A gem that smiles so brilliantly in my mind

Should i pray?
What should i say?
Uhh the pain
It will never be the same

Gone for someone else to share
When i took so much time to care
Leaving my barre...
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Minority Report ( Social Justice Worriers)
Instead of fighting for the majority
you fight for the minority and when 
I say minority I don’t mean People of

Speaking of People of Color BLM black lives 
only matters when a white cop kills a black person
when a black man kills another black man, women, or child 
you go silent like when a woman is fed up

Well I’m fed up of all the hypocrisy the African Americans that don’t get 
murdered in the streets in cold blood get murdered in the womb
now that’s cold blooded so lik...
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Incarcerated by faith
Poem #2,692 Incarcerated by faith

Incarcerated by faith, is hope that’s been imprisoned, due to the action of man’s personal spin being placed upon religion. Because now, an ideology is being followed, not the true, heartfelt sentiment that those who created spirituality, meant for it to embody. For under the initial set of guidelines attached to praising, all that was needed to do so, was two or more, equally yoked individuals, gathered in the name of the spirit. But through the personalizat...
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Food Fight
When I was coming up I was told to never waste or play with my food 

Interestingly big corporations are playing with our food and encouraging farmers to lay waste to food 

We use gas or electricity to cook most foods Ironically food manufacturers are being cooked by fire

A small plane crashed near a General Mills plant I guess having  Lucky Charms saved it 

A plane crashed into an Idaho potato plant making mashed potatoes out of the  Gem processing 
plant, it’s lost its shine...
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Annette Tarpley

My life now is a lonely journey, one of silence and quiet solitude
I am left to trod now alone, in this dry desert, barren and Destitute

There are no tears left to cry, the brimming pool was long ago drained
Salty, arid crusted trails…down my wrinkled cheeks are all that remain

A heart once carefree and happy, now hollow and riddled with webs
The substance that once thrived in the caverns, now foreign words once said

There is no remedy to the melancholy, that surrounds and envelopes...
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Sleep Where Art Thou
It seems sleep eludes me

I’m on layaway for sleep 

They say it’s the sister of death 
if I don’t get any I’ll be meeting death instead 

Yes not getting any sleep may possibly be the death of me

I spend my waking moments helping 
others instead of helping myself 

I make sure others needs are met before mine

I work in a profession where I constantly have to give and sacrifice my mental health 

People become my burden like Atlas it feels like I have the world on my back 

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Ryan Mathyzen

I am dumbstruck by the statistics of crime in South Africa
What are we people doing as a nation?
Can we not live an honest and productive life?
Why must we take the easy way out?
We cannot even work respectfully
For we revert to our sinister ways once more
Quick to heap up the cash flow
By doing the unthinkable and resulting in many suffering
But your wrongdoing will not be left unhinged
For when you are caught you will face the consequences that follow
I am dumbstruck by the statistic...
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Wild Bill Entertainer

Make the most of what you've got
Life could end tomorrow,
Same goes for a loved one
Their death could leave you sorrow.

Take time out from busy schedule 
Give someone a call,
Do not wait I promise this
You'll cry the day they fall.

William McKechnie alias Wild Bill Entertainer
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Lewis Jian

Nothing but a Dream
If life is nothing 
but a dream
let's draw it 
on a winding stream
If love is a fleeting ecstasy
let's recite it 
over an immense sea
If beauty is a joy 
we treasure forever 
we'll bury it 
in our heart
like a flower in amber


The Distance between Us

The distance between us 
seems as though
you're a pretty romantic cloud 
born to wander
in the sky blue
forever and ever
and I'm a small rippling river
lying by a meadow 
with bright splashes of...
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