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Ghetto Woman
by Annie Ruth

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Ghetto Woman

Your family is ghetto people
You know how I can tell
Your grandma was a drunkard
And your cousins live in cells.

You'll turn out to be just like 'em
Ain't no sense of foolin' yourself
For you're bound to be ghetto people
For you there's nothing else.

Ain't no sense of going to college and
Keepin' them imaginary goals
Cause for all the ghetto people
The story has been told.

You either have ten babies
Or live a life of crime
Yes, you ghetto people's
Lives not even worth a dime.

But if you don't marry a bum
Who beats you black and blue
You'll probably end up in a box
With people crying over you.

Cause your family is ghetto people
You know you're all the same
Come on ghetto woman and
Answer to your name.

Yes, I'm a ghetto woman
And my family made mistakes
My grandma was a drunkard and my
Cousins the police have chased.

Yes, I'm going to college and
I'll always keep my goals
You just watch carefully
And see my story told.

I was a ghetto woman and
Proud from whence I came
For being poor and living in slums
I'll never be ashamed.

And even though I am a rich woman
The ghetto is in my heart
For in it I learned a sense of pride,
Dignity, and my most essential part.

I learned that people can't be judged
By their family's actions, or the places
Which they call home
For it's a person's heart and soul
To make a judgment on.

If we were truly honest with ourselves, what is the first thing that you think of when you hear the word "ghetto"? I'm sure that a pristine neighborhood doesn't come to mind. "Ghetto Woman" is one of my favorite poems that simply says "keep it real and be proud of who you are based upon what 's in your heart and soul and what you give back to the world around you"

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Reviewed by Stephanie Webb-Dockery
Ghetti Woman~very true! This is so real.

Thank You
Reviewed by Stephanie Storey-Morant
Beautiful! Don't let the word Ghetto define you. Tear down the stereotypes and prove the Devine come straight from the Ghetto.

I come from the Ghetto too but that's not my label. Being from the ghetto doesn't make me disabled. I can do all things.....

Keep writing!
Reviewed by Chynamama
I thought that your poem was a nice one. I'll tell you rite out, i'm a ghetto ass female. Shit, sometimes at times i feel as if i want to write a poem that sums up what i;ve been through in my life. I'm hitting you up just to give you my props. Well hope if you ever get the chance to read this, i hope i find you to be in the best of health in mind, body and souol. Yours truely, Michelle Isidoro Bustamante. P.S. I would love it if you emailed me back. THANX...!!!!
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
super job!! i agree with both josephine and krisie; ghetto people aren't bad just because they lived there; it's how they were
raised that made them the way they are; there are a lot of good people who come from the projects, but society tends to label all ghetto people, and that is a shame. i love all people, REGARDLESS of where they come from or who they are; it don't matter to me ONE IOTA that they are black, white, tan, brown, yellow, or red!!
in my eyes, ALL people are ~EQUAL~!! and they deserve ~EQUAL~ treatment!! keep it up, girlfriend! love, your friend, karen lynn. (((HUGS)))
Reviewed by fare good (Reader)
This brought tears to my eyes excellent.
Reviewed by Wendi Cali
Incredibly well said. We can't be bound by where we've come from, but can't leave our history behind, either. Excellent read!
Reviewed by RON P KING
Reviewed by Mitzi Jackson
Man you had me going for awhile..(hehe)
but i couldn't have said it better myself
super great write
for i too am i "ghetto woman"
Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK

I've lived with Wealthy Those Poor, Those In Between___

You are What You Are So All you Gotta Do Is Be Clean, I Am Not Poor Only Am I Broke__ I Live In poor area, high Crime___

But, Those Good/Poor People Around Me Want
Nothing But, My Friendship___ Difference Between Those Wealthy & Those Poor___

As I'd Rather Be Me I'd Rather Be Free To Be
What I Desire To Be not What Society Ditates
And Labels You as a Ghetto Woman, i.e. Don't
Look Back...

Hey, It's Only There (Wealthy) Greed That Holds You back!!

Reviewed by Josephine Bohen
I concur!!!!
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