POEM: Out of Place in a Testing Space by Joan E. Gosier
November 05, 2010 10:55 AM EDT
AN EXCERPT FROM "COTTON PICKIN' PAYCHECK-A 21st CENTURY JOURNAL OF ESCAPE FROM SLAVERY (1989-2014)
With one clock on the wall
One teacher standing tall
One test that fits all
One mind back at a mall
One mind left in the hall
One mind running ball
One mind on a cellular call
One mind like a solid brick wall
One mind not even here y'all
What time ends this class?
No! Not giving another hall pass!
Some are rude, disrespectful...just crass...
Some obviously can't go fast...
This mindset just can't last!
Can't DO...Won't DO...Never win...
Turn in your test completely filled in.
Log off your computer, here's your pen.
I don't see how U are going to survive.
This mindset won't fit a 9 to five.
What in the FUTURE are you going to DO?
Well, the bell has rung, it's now on U.
I have heard one too many folks say, "College don't mean nuthin'!"
Why not say, "Being a drug dealer ain't nuthin!"
"Being a hooker ain't nuthin'"
"Being homeless with a bunch a kids ain't nuthin'"
I rarely hear that because it is knocking someone down who is already down.
Why can't we INSPIRE, UPLIFT and EMPOWER one another towards success...towards the TOP?
Get really really sick...go to the hospital and ask the surgeon go ahead and ask him why the heck did HE/SHE go to college "when it aint nuthin'"?
Get really really in trouble..go to the courtroom and ask the judge go ahead and ask him why the heck did HE/SHE go to college "when it aint nuthin"?
Get really really bold...go to the White House and ask the President or Mrs. Obama go ahead and ask them both why the heck did HE/SHE go to college "when it aint nuthin"?
Did U know that only 2% of the people in THIS COUNTRY ARE BLACK with a college degree or above?
2% is not enough to taint a quart of milk...