Sunday, September 23, 2012

Help a Child in Need



Take Back Our Children
© 2010 Syneeda Penland

How do we take back our children?
I ask myself this question
Each time I hear a news story talkin’ bout…
“A young black boy or girl gettin’ shot.”

How do we take back our children?
I ask myself this question
Each time I hear a young black mother
Tellin’ her daughter,
Who’s less than five years old,
“Go head baby gurl, that’s right,
Do it like ya’ moma and
‘Drop it like it’s hot!”

How do we take back our children?
I ask myself this question
Each time I hear a new rap song
Playin’ on the radio, talkin’ bout…
“Clockin’, droppin’ dollars
Or pimpin’ hoes.”

How do we take back our children?
I ask myself this question
Each time I hear a young black woman
Talkin’ ‘bout…
“Gettin’ her hair and her nails done
Before goin’ clubin’  to look for a new man,
To buy her some mo’ tight-fittin’ clothes.”

How do we take back our children?
I ask myself this question
Each time I hear a new statistic
On the news or the internet,
Talkin’ bout…
“Black on black crime,
Or young black children
Growing up without their parents,
Being raised by other family members
Or forced to live in a foster home,
Or in the streets
‘Cause their mom or dad is dead,
Addicted to drugs,
Or in prison - doin’ time.”

How do we take back our children?
We take back our children,
By taking back our communities!

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Syneeda, Now this is a very interesting poem. If I may ask, what inspired you to write and share this one on your blog?

You choice of google images also sends a profound message. This one of Madonna and acclaims that she is into worshiping Kabbalism would also further explain why she's adopted African children. WOW!!

Syneeda said...

Anon, As far as inspiration to write poetry, well let's just say, it's all around me. On any given day, at any given moment, I write whatever my spirit tells me to write about. The beauty of poetry is there is always a hidden message, unfortunately in our learning institutions teachers and professors are always trying to teach us how to decipher what the author was trying to say. There are so many poets who are alive today and unfortunately we don't get as much notoriety as other artists or musicians. Nevertheless, I thank God for my gift and my ability to share his message.