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Outside my Window


 

 

Outside my window i smell the stench of poverty

The belief that we are next to nothing or one in the same

I see a man that thinks he’s nothing

He thinks he’s revolutionary, a renaissance man

He portrays the typical stereotype he was breed to follow

Ignorance is his mantra

He’s blind to the socioeconomic position he finds himself in

Nor does he care

Brokenhearted by the pains and scraps of society

He drives on in fear

Not of faith, but of man

He’s scared of his fellow man

The rich man laughs at the prospect of a free and equal society

It serves him no purpose, no merit

The poor will always be poor if they continue to live in the mentality that they are privileged

Religion blinded the eye of the realist, of the opportunist

They told him to wait on salvation and go through hardship and hard trials

They told him who he loves is wrong

Several men wrote the morals by which you follow

Still your’re blind to the facts

The facts that have been skewed by falsehoods and bullshit

Read young one

Reading opens the door to education

To understanding

To a true revolution that will not be televised

It will not be televised cause it’s in the mind

In the mind of the downtrodden

In the mind of the minority

Most importantly in the mind of the People

Outside my window i see hope

I see the Future

 

 

 

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If Tears Could


 

 

If only tears could manifest into the pain you’re feeling

Then maybe you could see the pain I’m living

This one single tear rolling down my face

Represents lack of that warming embrace

Represents a cupboard and refrigerator that’s bare

Represents yet another shutoff notice or no money to spare

Or another broken heart not yet done healing

We try but who notices

Definitely not the rich unless it’s you owing

I should definitely start whoring

Cause these bills keep mounting

And at least if I’m mounting the cash registers ringing

Her eyes met mine

Such happiness they portrayed

Who am I to show her reality?

And watch that light in her eyes slowly grow dim

Watch her waste away cause life’s too grim

Show me a man who has it all together

Who has not been declined at the register

I’ll show you a liar, a thief and a rebellious treason

All with good causes, they just don’t try to reason

One day you’ll begin to understand my struggle

And why I cry these tears for a reason

 

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Rags to riches


This constant grind Is killing my time
Draining my mind
I just want to be free
To sit on the beach and sip tea
Man what a life that would be
Instead I’m stuck in this routine
Trying to find a free moment
Where I can just be me
But see I’m not granted that freedom
I live in the slums
Where I work around bums
While the rich
Enjoy a nice dinner
Prepared by servants
With no more than the dime flipped to the valet
As he drives away in a car he’ll never afford
He contemplates evil thoughts
It’s not his fault
This system is designed for him to fail
Till that one bum makes it ahead
What a hard road to travel fir a piece of bread
But struggle comes to the meek
Through that struggle we shall seek
The promised land
Not promised to us
But dammit imma take my share

 

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Out of the Darkness


 

 

By: Tony L. Jefferson, Jr.

 

I’m fortunate to have made it this far

Coming from where I’m from

People could barely afford a car

So instead they run

On bare feet kissing the hard streets

In dark alleys where killers lurk

I’m happy to be that shining star

To have made it out

To look back and say damn that was ruff

Trying to reach back for at least one more

Instead they wanna stay broke and poor

They don’t see outside of their walls

All they know are those streets

Riddled with broken glass and shattered dreams

Dreams cut short by interrupted sleep

So I’m blessed

Touched by God

Told I would never make it

I’d never amount to nothing

But here I am

Standing tall

Letting the sun shine outside of those walls

So dark and dreary

 

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What American Dream


By: Tony L. Jefferson, Jr.

Perceptions skewered by preconceptions

Enriched by hatred and racism

Stoked by the powers that divide

Why must we bend to the will of money?

I’m classy but in the wrong class

Apparently I’m only second class

Rich folks won’t even give me a second glance

Tell me I’m over qualified for work that good ole boy is qualified for

Shit we had the same credentials

But I excelled further

But they couldn’t see that while looking at my color

Cause I didn’t have an Armani suit

Cause my watch didn’t bling like Rolex

Cause I came from an area where the crime rises higher than the buildings

Now lying defunct and abandoned

Why hath thou been forsaken?

Reganomics ruined my economics

But that’s not an excuse

Cause at my heart I’m a hustler

Out for my piece of the pie

The American dream is but a myth crafted by Wall Street

With our blank check from China

Off the backs of the poor and middle class

Whom they also call second class

Cause first class get’s the lobster and shrimp

While I’m in the back eating stale pretzels

 

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A Poor Man’s Prayer


By: Tony L. Jefferson, Jr.

Lord lend me a bit of food

So I can feed my hungry brood

And let my lights stay on till dawn

So my children can have a little more fun

I come to you lord on bended knee

Praying please let me keep my sanity

Once had a car that the repo took

They stole it outta my yard leaving me shook

But my misery is only compounding

My wife left me three months and counting

Said she wanted a rich man

So she can chill on a beach of jet black sand

My roofs sags and my floorboards creak

Lord please release us from this bad luck streak

I fantasize of better times

A day when I don’t have to sell these dimes

I had a job but they were “over strength”

Such a fancy word for fired but I took the hint

Some would say it ain’t that bad

But our daily life seems to drag

But lord I pray for the betterment of my children

I want them to experience the joys of good living

Lord just let me know if you’re even there

To hear this poor man’s little prayer

 

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Nothing to Lose


By: Tony L. Jefferson, Jr.

Out there in them streets it is crucial

Life flows in slow motion

Dragging along tormenting souls day to day

Forever stuck in a rut of hopelessness

But I have no collateral

I have no borrowed time

Nothing to lose but my pride and my sanity

It’s amazing what you do in desperate times

When everything isn’t exactly fine

When your down to your very last dime

Trying to struggle for a way

When you don’t know if you’ll make it through the day

But my blessings are all spent

No way to pay my rent

And this situation puts a dent

In my reality

God says he has the power to change the world

But how do I believe when I can not see

But I do

Cause I have nothing to lose

 

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