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Boston Latin School
by Tichaona M Chinyelu
Saturday, October 28, 2006
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
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A poetic summation of my brief attendance at Boston Latin School.

Once you enter these hallowed halls

speak not in your inherited gutter language.

speak in the patrician language of classical ass-fuckers

or else your utterances will find no echo here

in this epitome of excellence.


Fourteen years old

and ghosts cursed and slammed

hardwood doors on me

as I attempted to navigate my way

through colonial and maternal expectations.


In English class

we had to memorize and recite

the gettysburg address


Fourscore and seven years ago


Fourteen years old

and it was already solidified within me

that my father regretted bringing forth

yet another daughter.


our fathers brought forth on this continent


Almost seven years old

when I arrived on this continent

where my motherís accent

branded her an uneducated foreigner.


a new nation, conceived in liberty


Libertines forcibly transported;

their larceny and lust

immortalized in the death of legions

of indigenous innocents


and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal


all men


rich white men


are created


black codes




3/5ths of a human being

ainít no equal to nothing

but slavery


I stared out the window

the whole time

watching the leaves

with their riotous color

fall to the ground.


In biology class

I was repelled

by the teacherís fascination

with brown polyester

and bad dye jobs.

Every afternoon

as I transferred from bus to bus

on the ninety minutes ride home

I thought to myself

nothing in nature

looks like these people

attempting to school me.


Before the end of the first semester

I got called to the counselorís office.

She kind of looked like me

but her speech identified her as alien

as she showed me the dís and fís

littering my school file

and recommended a transfer

which I wholeheartedly cosigned


The next semester

I started at a new school

and the first thing of significance

I did

was write a poem about a tree

cause nature is natural and beautiful

like me.


© 2006 Tichaona M. Chinyelu

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Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 6/12/2007

A poemization of emotions on social strata... "Boston Latin School" shows the training ground of a great Poet.

I salute You, Poet.

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU

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