I am from Oakland

A place where everyone wants to do drugs and be thugs

A place where gunshots are nothing

And school means nothing

A place where people buy Js and MK to say they got something

A city where hateful word are always being spoken

But feelings and emotions remain unspoken

A city where people think they’re all alone

And are told they can’t make it one their own


I am from family

A family with short temper waiting to explode like a burning fuse

A family where my mom not only played mother but father

A great role model


I am from my dad dying when I was four

Shutting people out as soon as the tears started to pour

I was sick to the core

I am from all types of music that’s what got me through

But who knew time was no healer I still feel blue


I am from sadness and hatred

From hurt and laughter

From falling apart and standing back up

I am from slow to trust but quick to forgive

I am from all my perfections and imperfections


I am from Oakland


CC BY-SA 4.0 Where I Am From by Dyane is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.


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