This poem is about the connections between my life and Romeo and Juliet. i wrote about unnecessary violence and how it affects everyone.


Violence is a bigger problem than people would think

It affects those involved but also those not involved

Most can agree with this statement

Because we experienced it first hand

And those who haven’t experienced it

We envy you

We wish to not be apart of this violence

We took no part in

The violence that hurts people

The violence that kills people

The violence that people don’t even know about

All this violence

That is completely unnecessary

My house has been shot at


The sounds of glass shattering across the floor

The bullets cutting the air

Going through the walls

Leaving marks that are still there to this day

And the car screeching past, never seen again

And the feeling of safety


Not even sure why it was shot at

But because we just simply live in Oakland

That makes us apart of this violence

This violence brings great pain to everyone

“I am hurt”

Missing the feeling of safety in my own home

The fear of anyone you know dying at any moment

“Ask for me tomorrow, and you shall find me a grave man”


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April 18, 2019 4:06 am

“The sounds of glass shattering across the floor
The bullets cutting the air
Going through the walls”
These words paint a very descriptive picture immersing me into the poem. It makes me feel like I am there experiencing this with you. Thank you for being so strong and sharing this personal story.

December 11, 2018 10:42 pm

I thought your poem was very deep and very good. Also I like how you connect R+J to the real world. I really like how you said a line of shakespeare and added it to your poem. Thanks for sharing your poem and sharing your experience.

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