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Untitled by Devon Minor ’19

For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.
—Nelson Mandela

Two minutes, that’s all I need to tell my story through one short poem.
September 5th, 2000
Born 6 pounds 8 ounces 20 inches long
Lemon shaped dark brown eyes
Brown skin with dark brown straight hair
Ears dark like the oil you pump for fuel
Two brown-skin parents
Malaika Adams-Minor and Marvin Dewitt Minor Sr.
The latter of which grew up in the projects in Baltimore
Ate welfare cheese and mayo sandwiches
And when he wanted to fantasize,
Put plastic colored film on the black and white tv
Colored tv!
Just like the wealthy boys had

September 3rd, 2013
Not quite a sea
Yet not a lake either
A pond perhaps!
I stand overlooking this ice covered pond
Far off I spot one small cavity
As though someone has fallen through—unnoticed
The few students of color aren’t hard to spot

August 19th, 2014
What’s the hardest decision you’ve ever made?
Well before you answer,
Have you ever had to make a decision that could kill or save your mother’s life?
It may not be the best hospital,
But let me tell you that hospital saved my mother’s life
I called my mother this morning,
So lucky am I have to have made the right choice

November 30th, 2017
I stand yet again
No longer overlooking a pond
I stand in an ocean
Of young faces and new identities
There is no ice on this ocean to break through
No one is misunderstood here
Yes I can be a poor black kid from Roxbury, and attend private school
No white people are not “the enemy”
Yet the man evicted from his home because that white family wanted to build on the property next to his would say differently

March 9th, 2018
Moving day?
Or eviction day?
That man becomes me
I no longer will make those short walks to the subway station
I no longer will walk the thin, wide steps to my home
I no longer will shut the white flimsy door that always seems to swing right open
But where will I stay?
I don’t know
Ask the man who built that beautiful home right next to ours
He didn’t see the beauty of the community already developed,
But an opportunity to allocate his knowledge of “truly beautiful societies”

To leave you with a quote:
For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.
—Nelson Mandela

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Untitled by Devon Minor ‘19