Day after day/ Father in da penitentiary/ You don’t know the life I’m livin’ / Everyday tryin’ to make it to the/ Top but keep on slippin’/ Why all dats on yo mind is pimpin’, pimpin’, pimpin’/ Bop, bop, bop, aw man, there’s another man shot/ Dead over a 900, 800, 700 block/ Time is tickin’, man look at da clock/ Like Martin Luther King said Let freedom ring/ Let freedom ring don’t ever let it stop
That’s how Destiny Stewart’s poem, “The Life I’m Livin'” begins. I won’t give away the ending. She is one of 250 Oakland middle school (or former middle school) students whose poetry was published in an anthology, “Voices from the Middle” after a citywide poetry contest last year.
If you want to read more, you might check out the book release event at 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Barnes & Noble at Jack London Square. Read the release here.