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what are you doin?
oh. you have nothin better to do/
you bring yr penz n paper into our schoolz n our hoodz/
look n take note
look n take note
do you not have anythin better to do?
i don't wish to study you/
n when i tell you where to go
yr thots that i'm savage will show/
you teach yrs - i will teach mine
how to survh/e n how to shine/
i will get yr ^education* n pass mine d
cause i'm tired of bein thot of as a clown/
n no/ i'm not angry/
just enlightened and informed
n i know you do not like that
cause you look at me with scorn/
so study onl
study us all you pleeeezze/
for after all the jim crow n niggah beatins we've been through
we are still whole and still have a soul/
n that thing you so desperately desire n search for in us
is somethin that is missin in u/
by Joi Lunden
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Late Night Ride
by Amy Herald
Cold beer and the dubious charms
of my current beau’s arms
were left behind.
Caught where we shouldn’t be,
wondering why the seat
held, not us, but me.
Two cocky guys, patrolling a beat
took me for a ride.
Not far to go, nowhere to hide--
they said I was to see