Octavia Johnson

Ballou Senior High School




Lay down these words

before your mind like smoke

placed before the moon

by your eyes in your own state of mind

before the struggle is never forgotten

struggle is hard for a lot of people

the stones that are your eyes

are not going to change

the hide and seek where nobody is going to find you

the freeze tag that you play outside

with the people you’ve been around

the words are the games y’all play

on TV or on y’all’s phones

the struggle is fire to me

the pain I face every day

I wake up and put a smile on my face

to tell people

I’m good