My Neighbourhood by Sohana 

​Here’s my poem in honor of World Poetry Day 2017 (21st March).

My Neighbourhood 

I’ve lived here for as long as I can remember 

Seen lots of January’s reach their December

I’ve walked this road for a million times and over 

So I know a thing or two of this place I hover 

This place I reside in, as small as may seem, 

is densely populated come and you’ll see

The people here are not rich but they are not impoverished 

Some have wrong ideals and are really depraved 
The truth is although there are three schools around or more 

The quality of education for those around is not in the least assured 

The kids are not learning, they lack motivation to

Some actually believe they can’t, how do you expect them to

Wait a minute please, I’m not done about my neighbourhood 

You see, Despite the occasional shootings among the brotherhood 

Things are actually getting better and we are making progress 

For we are teaching the younger ones a better way to success
Not drugs, not violence not cheating nor craftiness 

But hardwork, determination, honesty and selflessness 

Although my neighbourhood has poured forth the good and the ugly in the past

This time it will more of the good, because the bulk of the ugly will soon be past

The kids will dare to dream despite the perceived background 

They will understand who they are and look beyond the ground 

They will look to the skies where their real place is 

And take their place as eagles who never fear to miss.. 

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