THIS ROAD CALLED MY LIFE, I MUST STRIVE.I left my parents' home in order to find myself.They told me, "God Bless; farewell."The path that I must travel, I'm told by so many strangersthat it can't be done!I stop for a moment and I cry.Then I pick myself up,because this is the path that I chose to travel.I, who was never taught how to read or write,came upon this city called Atlanta, Georgiawith sig...
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re,but I didn't know which way to turn, here or there.No one knew me, nor did anyone reflect a smile.When I uttered words from my mouth, the strangers said,"We don't understand you.Where in the hell are you from?"They used harsh words, saying I sounded like a foreigner.I told them that I, too, speak English!Again, I was hurt and I cried.Then I picked myself up,because this was the road I chose to travel.I discovered this church that said," Illiterate people, we will teach you how to read and write."I went inside, and everyone greeted me with a smile!Made me feel like I was somebody.I traveled to that church everyday.I didn't realize how much education, as a young child,I had allowed to slip away.To catch up, I must study long and hard.And I'm not learning fast enough, the strangers say,as I journey this path I chose to travel.But not too many stop to lend me a helping hand.Then I bow my head, and again I cry.Man, oh man, is this ever going to end?Then I stop and think about what Old Man Moses told me:"Don't give up."So I pick myself up,because this is the road I chose to travel.I write poetry in order to communicate.Yet the strangers knock me downwith words of jealousy and hate.However, I don't stop to cry this time,because someone will read what I'm trying to say.Not everyone will approach me with words of hate.I will know how to read and write.I'm just going to keep on striving;someone will sit beside me to help me get it right.This is the road I chose to travelin order that I may understand myself-in spite of so many strangers who refused to help me.This road is my life...I must strive.Poetry for Today's Young Black Revolutionary Minds is an expression of love for black people, reflecting the strength and beauty found in the midst of struggle. Blending history and hope, poet Dadisi Mwende Netifnet captures the drama of the Civil Right Movement, the tragedy of Malcolm X's death, the glory of the African heritage, and the passion of his own experience as a young, black American. The poem are powerful. The poems are personal. And like any vision worth sharing, they can not be ignored.