We Are Not Alone*
Gunshots shatter the night
Death by gang symbol
Death by street boundary
Death by mistaken identity
Death by stray bullet
Shards of life dreams.
Daily occurrences as
Dead-end every days
(often too little, too late, too insentitive)
Youth ERs and funerals.
An all too grisly picture,
Chicago youth violence
Black and Latino youth violence
Splattered across the evening news
Splashed in Chicago newspaper headlines.
Saying “NO” to violence,
Saying “YES” to
a voice for their stories
acts of positive contributions,
Becoming their own role models.
Youth taking control of their lives
Alternatives to gangs
Start community enterprises.
Transformation in the communities
Starting from one youth
One step forward
To forge a powerful force for change
And youth living out their dreams.
David Nekimken 6/28/11, is a poet of our times and our communities
*A campaign to unite Chicago’s black and Latino communities and their news media, to transcend violence www.chicagoistheworld.org/notalone