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Excerpts from Etan Thomas' poetry

BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, Modified: November 7, 2009 at 11:05 pm •  Published: November 7, 2009

Dreams of making it to the NBA as if that were your only way to success

Suppressing ideas of learning on your mental abilities

As if your realm of possibilities didn't extend beyond the borders of a court or a field

Drawing your own boundaries would be a tragedy in itself

So don't kneel at the throne of restrictions

It's time for a change

As John F Kennedy said as he accepted his party's presidential nomination in 1960

"we are at a turning point in history"

Never before has there been more of a need for pioneers on a new frontier for

"unsolved problems of peace and war"

Unconquered pockets of ignorance and prejudice

Unanswered questions of poverty and surplus

It's time to stop hiding behind meaningless slogans, catch phrases and warning signs

Wasted talent

His potential remained a mystery

Drugs, guns, and crime occupied his time while quick cash

Harassed his concentration

His dreams remained unseen

Like weapons of mass destruction

But he continued his productions of self destruction


Brothers be earning bachelor's degrees in thuggenometry

Yea, we've been done wrong

But we do each other worse

The murder that murder produced

An eye for an eye

You feel justified

In murdering people who murder people

To show that murdering people is wrong?

Singing that song

Of what's good for the goose is good for the gander

You scandalous barbarians

play God too long, and the real one might get upset


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