This piece was inspired by Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give  

This piece exemplifies the butterfly effect, such as changing the past will affect the future greatly. Natasha is the speaker of the poem she was killed in a drive-by and her best friend Starr saw it all…Now, what would happen if Natasha did not get shot?  How would this effects Starr future?

 

Coldly lying there

You look as if you are a mannequin

Tears pouring down my eyes

I touch your smooth skin that they layered with foundation for a disguise

The layers were there only to hide what they had done

Because beneath them I can still see the stitches that were placed

But now that you are gone they will forever be erased.

 

Flashbacks in my head renewed

A sleepover in the middle of June

Laughing and playing.

Little did we know the next morning in the street you’d be laying

Lifeless, as blood trickled through your beautiful curly hair that always smelled like coconut oil

And we didn’t know when we were laughing and playing that you’d be buried 6 ft beneath the soil.

 

They knew who you were and moving wasn’t enough

King had to get revenge on your dad even if it meant he would be cuffed.

But I was going to miss you

This was an issue

This wouldn’t have happened if I wasn’t still alive.

For you to live I had to die.

 

The night grew on and I couldn’t sleep

I couldn’t eat

I am 10 and I always was

When I awake

I am in my room and it was all dream

Outside I hear the sounds of ice cream …

I hear other kids playing in the fire hydrant

Laughter and happiness and not one siren.

 

I am running out in my bathing suit coming to find you

Pushing through Mav’s store door with no clue

No clue what was going to happen

I pulled you out and in the fire hydrant, we began to play.

Until BANG… BANG …BANG

 

Turns out that the coconut oil was the blood that was running through my hair

But I would never have had it any other way

If it meant for you to see another beautiful day

Although now so high my soul will soar.

Because Starr you are “Something to live for and something to die for”

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CC BY-SA 4.0 Something to live for, Something to die for by Mckayla is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

4 Comments
  1. Andrea 20 hours ago

    McKayla,
    This poem was so powerful! I love how you started with the vivid dream and then it partially came true. How you ended, “Because Starr you are ‘Something to live for and something to die for,'” brought a strong emotion out of me. You exemplified extremely love for someone in just a line. I can’t wait to hear more from you.

  2. Erica 2 days ago

    McKayla,

    This is a very well written poem. The line in the poem that said “The night grew on and I couldn’t sleep

    I couldn’t eat

    I am 10 and I always was

    When I awake

    I am in my room and it was all dream” was very impactful. I look forward to reading your work in the future.

  3. Koji 4 days ago

    Dear McKayla, this is a great poem.

    I especially like the stanza, “Flashbacks in my head renewed

    A sleepover in the middle of June

    Laughing and playing.

    Little did we know the next morning in the street you’d be laying

    Lifeless, as blood trickled through your beautiful curly hair that always smelled like coconut oil

    And we didn’t know when we were laughing and playing that you’d be buried 6 ft beneath the soil.”

    I loved how it rhymed and it left chills on my neck. Great job with this poem, you should make more!

  4. Brazas 4 days ago

    McKayla, I love the line: “I touch your smooth skin that they layered with foundation for a disguise.” Great work.

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