I’m from east Oakland born and raised

where it’s a miracle if you make it out

at the age of 18.

I’m from a place where women struggle to know their worth so

the only way for them to get recognize it by being ”popular” or

even worse, instead why not buss up and prove everyone who

looks down on you.

I’m from where our young men are dying easily on the streets

being put in a body bag, while it’s either gang banging or just

another kid getting shot over ”gun violence” and we are asking why this

happens, asking for justice and they acting like nothing happened.

I’m from where I speak my mind and wear my heart on my sleeve

and the ”truth hurts” and all I know I got to make it on my own

no remorse because nowadays it seems like they want you to

succeed but on the inside they wanting to see you fail but I know

regardless I got to do me.

I’m from East Oakland where all you see is creativeness and

beautiful people where the younstas go hyphy anytime we

listen to e-40, too short, or even mac dre and there is

no other city like East Oakland.



CC BY-SA 4.0 Like No Other City by Tamara is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

  1. Nathan 1 year ago

    This is a really interesting poem to me. I am from a different part of the country where issues like these aren’t as big of a concern, so it is really intriguing and eye opening to hear about problems in other parts of the U.S. I also like E-40.

  2. Kamron 1 year ago

    Dear Tamara
    I am showing my concern because I find this related to me because I was born and raised there
    One reason I say I agree with them is that some people don’t live to make it to 18 because of the gun violence in Oakland because of them being innocent bystanders getting shot by people that was trying to kill someone else child .
    Your post remind me of one my friends cousin that died a day after he turn 18 and he was a innocent bystander wait for his for his friend to come outside the house
    Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because the article you wrote was very interesting and relate to my world

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      Tamara 1 year ago

      thank you kamron i appreciate that

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