poetry critical

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Random Poem:

hangin'
gjenkins

on the front yard fence,
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watchin’ people go by, odd and
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indifferent to the conflicts
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of their oppression,
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the sun hung way up in the
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sky, getting even for our
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existence, eight yrs old, too hot
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to play, so we mostly sat around
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tryin’ to stay cool, tryin’ to hide out
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from the parents
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next door to us was an old
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lady who sold snowballs,
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she got a lot of business from
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the kids in the neighborhood,
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especially on days like this
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parents sat on porches and
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balconies, not knowing the
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consequences of the wars,
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yelling up and down the streets
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for us kids to do this and that,
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to go the store, take out the
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garbage or get ready for church
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we tried our best to hide out, but
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word would travel from one parent
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to the next and our whereabouts
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would soon be discovered
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when night finally fell
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we chased the girls up and
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down the street, cornered them
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in alleys and hallways trying
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to steal a kiss or cop a feel.
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we didn’t know the hell we
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were doing, just imitating
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our big brothers or whatever
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the hell we heard them talk
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about.
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I’d order an strawberry and
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coconut snowball, the sun hung
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dangerously overhead, I shaded
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my eyes with my hand, smiled
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as my snowball melted,
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I smiled because I knew I
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would win the race against
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the sun, someone had
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to
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