(Spoken Word Poetry)
Introduction: Gang life is a lifestyle for those whose self worth or purpose on earth is dependent on or derived from being part of a gang.
For someone to become a member of a gang, there are reasons that include these three points; A desire to
-belong to a family structure and feel accepted
-feel their opinions and life matters.
None of these three desires were fulfilled in their formative years at home among family members for various reasons and therefore as they grow up, the young people seek fulfilment through friends and acquaintances surrounding them.
Many young people and adults have engaged in murder, robbery and other criminal activity as a result of being part of gangs.
They have also self harmed through drug and alcohol addiction.
Multitudes have ended up in jail and have been killed.
In this spoken word piece “Gang Life not a Life”, the futility and dangers of gang life are addressed and highlighted:
Gang life, not a life but a distraction, a bonding of vision borne out of anger, a uniting of mission unto danger.
Don’t wanna feel a reck!
Opposing society is the gang man, sees his ego, it’s downsizing.
Don’t wanna to be kept in check!
Inflating as somebody, while society deflates him: a nobody.
Don’t care about a pay cheque!
Walking in step with the corrupt, in unison they trek to no man’s land.
Absolutely must gain respect!
Hailed as a destroyer, gang land trophies to amass: preferred, than be mocked: a worm in the hood.
Gang life, composing a future jail bird’s song.
Gang life, weaving a eulogy to come.
Gang life…not a life !