The Hood

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    The Hood

    We cherish these precious streets of ours

    Where lessons learned

    And heart-fires burned us

    Into far away orbits

    To test this central gravity

    We call ‘The Neighborhood’

     

    Some came back too soon

    They said

    To find that long lost super head

    While others waited…

    For their perfect time and space

    To cue their due reentries

    Unto the finish lines of their human race

    Back to the neighborhood

     

    The decompression widened eyes

    Inspiring truth to grow the courage

    To demolish lies once learned

    As a consequential need to know

    Why it was so long ago

    We were led as best we could

    To move out of the neighborhood

     

    So back we came for reasons plain

    And motives fed by sanity

    To chew on what we’d learned of pain

    Blessed by our Christianity

    To be all that we possibly could

    Back here in the neighborhood

     

     

    John Christopher

    1984

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    Comerford commented on The Hood

    08-30-2009

    I could definitely relate to this. I'm originally from the east side of Cleveland, and I had somewhat the same feelings about the community I grew up in.

    Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It's that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that's what the poet does.

    Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) U.S. poet.

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