Poetry Out Loud New Jersey State Finalist: Ijeoma Egekeze, Piscataway HS

Poetry Out Loud New Jersey State Finalist: Ijeoma Egekeze, Piscataway HS



my name is JAMA Agra kaze I'm from Piscataway High School and I will be reciting walking down park by Nikki Giovanni walking down Park Amsterdam or Columbus do you ever stop to think what it looked like before it was an Avenue did you ever stop to think what you walked before you rode Subway's to the stock exchange we can't be on the stock exchange we are the stock exchanged did you ever maybe wonder what grass was like before they rolled it into a ball and called it Central Park or syphilitic dogs and their two-legged tubercular masters fertilize the corners and sidewalks I ever want to know what would happen if your life could be fertilized by a love thought from a loved one who loves you have a look south on a clear day and not see Times Square's but see tall birch trees with sycamores touching hands and see gazelles running playfully after the Lions ever hear the Antelope barking third floor apartment ever did you ever sit down and wonder about what freedoms freedom would bring it's so easy to be free you start by loving yourself than those who look like you all else will come naturally ever wonder why so much asphalt was laid in so little space probably so we would forget the Iroquois Algonquin and Mohicans who could caress the earth ever think what Harlem would be like if our herbs and roots and elephant ears grew sending a koppány of sound to us the pirate parrot in black is beautiful black is beautiful I'll sending out who's making love and me and you just sitting in the Sun trying to find a way to get a banana tree from one of the monkeys koala bears and the trees laughing at our listlessness ever think it's possible for us to be happy

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