Teen Poetry Collections

GOTTA FACE IT

By a young man in juvenile detention, age 17


Just some young cats trying to take over the nation.
Kinda hard to uprise wit all this damn gentrification.
Just cause our schools look black, don’t mean they still not racist.
Got these standardized tests that cause education misplacement.
But shit,
I gotta face it.
This the world that I was raised in.
Judges smacking kids wit time,
makin em dry up like some raisins.
Most of my friends don’t go to church
Cause it’s the streets that they be praisin.
Parents can’t be mad cause these the babies they be makin.
Mom’s always working.
Pop’s hardly seen.
He’s like forty
sipping forties, on the block,
still sellin cream.

Dedicated to people in tha struggle