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Family Picture

By LC After Slugg: A Boy’s Life in the Age of Mass Incarceration by Tony Lewis Jr. There’s something missing with this picture As I wake onto a random day In a random hood In a random city In America I listen Listen to the voice of my mother Shouting down the bickering of my Little sister and little brother But there’s something missing So I look Look to find my auntie on the couch With my baby cousin in hand Look out the window to find the neighborhood junkie But he is not the MAN I’m looking for See that man has been gone for years Gone from this family’s struggles Gone from being this family’s muscle Gone from this family’s daily hustle Ironic that I used that last word ‘cause HUSTLE is what got him sentenced To no return, L.I.F.E. So my father is what’s missing with this picture My uncle too And to every other black child In a random hood In a random city In America I’m just like you too.

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