by Shamaine, 17
Hamilton High School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin


I didn't know I would be down here,
My guys, my family are all from down here.
I want to be amongst the first generation to make it from down here.
Drugs down here,
Guns down here,
So your best bet is to stay from down here.

Broken glass in the streets, so ride slow down here.
If you drive fast past the strip, the hoodlums leave your car on flat with bulletholes in the back
down here.

Getting chased, run for your life.
For no reason,
But if you ain't from around here, you shouldn't
be down here.


Written in response to "Here" by Arthur Sze