“LOOK” by East Palo Alto, CA Poet, James De’Mario Shepard

You don’t see what I see

Prostitutes

Drug abusers

Dope dealers in my family since as far back as I can remember

Poor recycled toys in December

No privacy

Me and my sister shared the same room

Sometimes…

The same clothes

Mommy would leave us at home alone…

Our friend’s mom was the same way

It was always like that around those days

You don’t see what I see

Rats, roaches & poverty

Gunfire every night…

Drive-byes

Angry youth having street fights

Domestic violence

It’s all natural where I come from

Most kids have street knowledge but in class…

straight ass dumb.

Blacks shoot blacks and…

shoot any other color in a feud.

Young girls grow up nasty, rude, and confused

You don’t see what I see

When I go outside…

I hear police sirens “on the daily”

Fire Marshall and Paramedics

Crack

“Meth” and…

Heroin addicts.

Burglary

Murder

Drunk-driving

Mean-Mugs and…

Fake smiles, you never know…

you never know who has a gun…

Male or female…

People stab the backs of their own loved ones…

Most go to church…

even had a few crooked preachers…

mayors and police officers…

it’s sad when you read about the people in your local paper.

You don’t see what I see

White man buying up all “tha” property making us move from the bay…

to the valley…

because they increased the rent.

Crime is at an all time high…

We’ve got a curfew.

They close all the liquor stores at 9pm

(Now that’s F’d up) and..

if you don’t make it there before they close then…

Your S… out of luck…

those are the only stores in the city.

No one goes to the city council meetings…

that’s why they do this to us.

Too much violence…

I’m afraid to send my kids on the bus…

but I do it anyway…

they’ll just have to adjust.

You don’t see what I see

Young mothers dealing with…

C. P. S. and…

Welfare —

most fathers don’t care about much except the corner…

new cars and…

what to wear —

Selling and using drugs for “Multiple plus years”…

Many funerals…

many tears…

Barbershop, out the garage, candy houses…

in the ghetto most of us hustle through these blocks…

in and out of juvenile detention…

county jail…

prison…

young men and young women

You don’t see what I see.

Long Section-8 wait…

PG&E turned off…

foreclosed homes…

gangs…

AIDS

Angry parents shouting at rallies and protest against…

the police brutality…

street violence —

A witness to the crime silenced.

Lots of abortions…

Lot’s of extortion…

75% of the people in the city aren’t legal…

breaking every health & safety code

You don’t see what I see

People with talent trying to make it out…

through their music…

sports…

school…

writing…

acting…

building…

or just being good at “talking-from-the-mouth”

I see the strive…

I see the struggle to survive…

better days…

I see lots of lives that can be changed and saved…

I see the educational programs…

drug rehabs…

job fairs…

I see options…

I see me and me = One …

I can see a way out…

Now you can see what I see…

Don’t be blind to the facts…

Reality check…

Can you survive the experience?

Poet James De’Mario Shepard (AKA: Rio Big) reserves all rights and reproduction without written permission is not permitted.  If found, legal action will be taken against the person(s) or company(s) that have cut or pasted (Plagiarized) any portion of this written document.  Published © 2011 March

(As a way of giving back, I will feature poetry by young artist so that they can showcase their abilities and passion in the form of literary expression.  It’s my commitment as an established self-published author to inspire the youth in their literary endeavors, showing them that there are those out here who sincerely care about them, but most importantly, show them that it is possible for their dreams unfold.  G. D. Grace 2011, March)

About G. D. Grace of California

After the release of his fifth self-published novel, “Ripped & Ready (season 3)” GD ramped up for a new endeavor in radio, and on September 2, 2010 his first #BlogTalkRadio show premiered. His first two guest were two literary colleagues from two different sides of the tracks — one a former prison inmate-hustler, single father, turned author — the other, an accredited teacher and single father first time author. The intense on-air climate of cultural differences on the show, at one point, became thick enough to slice with a butter knife, however, it was a very successful event. Despite the clash over marketing approaches both authors remained professional and the outcome was a highly entertaining and interesting show. The seasons that followed incorporated talent from all walks of creativity, so in addition to the authors, GD’s guest lineup included poets and recovering addicts, motivational speakers and entrepreneurs, filmmakers and professionals in sports training and health, and also established artists from highly successful television shows, as well as, NAACP & Grammy Winners. Many shows gave us an inside glimpse inside the lives of legends from Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Smokey Robinson, Ray Goodman & Brown, Bruce A. Hawes (extraordinary writer for the Sounds of Philadelphia), Gerald Alston of The Manhattans, The Delphonics, Howard Hewett, and Chris Jasper of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recognized Isley Brothers. Legends of literary Stanley Bennett Clay and James Earl Hardy also brought their distinct creative prowess to the show, as did professionals from the Broadway stage. GD’s show eventually caught the attention of World Media and through this friendship many of the legends mentioned above were tapped to be guests on the show. His friend, and often times, mentor, Wayne Barros became an influential part of the legacy that he was creating one show at time. His friendship, love, and direction helped enforce an inner-confidence in GD which allowed him to stretch his producing skills so the show would have an entertaining variety for the live listener and archive listeners. Between the two audience variations the show has been listened to by over 40,000 people. It has been successful beyond GD’s wildest dreams, and as Season 6 approaches, the adrenalin within him increases. He begins assembling the guest list next month in April 2015, and…
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2 Responses to “LOOK” by East Palo Alto, CA Poet, James De’Mario Shepard

  1. Chaunessey Pate says:

    I love it! Thats real and reality…

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