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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


 


equal


 


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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