In this Poem I connected Oakland to Romeo and Juliet’s story!

Taught to hate

Brought them their fate


Racism rooted in the past

Two Oakland star crossed lovers don’t last


“Forbidden” love created between the two

Raul and Juliana’s lives were cut through


Juliana taught to stay away from people of color

Raul still fights for his star crossed lover


The hate they receive

Makes them resort to each other

Because they can’t help but fall in love with one another


Raul and Juliana lose their lives

The racism they’ve been taught strives

Raul and Juliana give back love

Other people are unworthy of


As their eyes meet their rose begins to grow

But others must not know


The “rivalry” they’ve been taught like predators fighting for prey

Is why they want to get away


Racism isn’t an obstacle

They fight for what is possible


They sacrifice everything for their Devotion

Not knowing …

It would end their rose from growing


CC BY-SA 4.0 Oakland and Romeo & Juliet by Marleni is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

1 Comment
  1. Penelope 6 months ago

    Dear Marleni

    Thank you so much for sharing your poetry. A line that stood out to me was ” They sacrifice everything for their Devotion Not knowing …It would end their rose from growing” because I really liked how you represented their love as a rose.¨ A connection I made to your poem is how much backlash people in biracial relationships get. Your poem also really reminded me of Romeo and Juliet with a little twist which I really enjoyed. Thank you so much for writing and I look forward to reading your next post.

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