When you’ve been where I’ve been

28 Apr


By: Tony L. Jefferson, Jr.

Where have you been in your travels through life?

Did you take the easy route and drive through it all?

Carefree and single with out a worry about a soul

Or did you walk a few miles on burning sands and through troubled lands

Barefoot and thirsty

Praying for salvation that will never come

To a lowly soul such as yourself





By the world at large

Crushed like the aluminum can under the feet of my peers

Shattered and dashed like ashes from the urn that contains the remnants from your pathetic soul

Simplistic emotions complex scenarios

Explain to me the reason for breeding future ignorance

For hating your fellow brother who is trying to make a living just like you

Carrying a generation on his back

Whip scars never disappeared

They became mental instead of physical

Self perceived power is but a myth unless actions are taken to make it better

See you only see part of the story unless you dig deep within and search for the truth

The truth so obvious to the naked eye

It’s piercing stare strikes your heart through your soul

Invading your thoughts


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4 responses to “When you’ve been where I’ve been

  1. Jim Spaulding

    April 29, 2009 at 12:20 am

    I like this one, Tony. You really seem to be letting loose here. The power of emotion comes through and really hits the reader. The only gripe I have is the mixing of plural and singular eg.”his backs” On rereading the piece, this may have just been a typo as it is the only real error I can find. Great work!

  2. Jim Spaulding

    April 29, 2009 at 12:23 am

    PS. I like the photo too. It’s very fitting for the piece and adds extra layers and dimensions to the meaning;)

  3. calliopespen

    May 2, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    “carrying a generation on his back”–love this line.

  4. Tony Jefferson

    May 9, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    It seems to flow naturally, those lines that define the whole poem, thanks for noticing this calliopespen!


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