Tenement Skies

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By: Santos Taíno Santiago

 

I WAS BORN IN THE GHETTO

SURROUNDED BY TENEMENT SKIES

CROWDED BY MISFORTUNE

A STORY OF MISERY AT EVERY DOOR

A STORY OF HOPE ON EVERY FLOOR

LOOKING BACK AT MY YEARS

RECOUNTING DISAPPOINTED TEARS

I LOOK FORWARD TO A DREAM OF HOPE

MY DREAMS DON’T DIFFER

ALL MY LIFE IVE DEALT WITH THIS MISERY

THIS HAS BECOME MY HISTORY

OF THIS FORSAKEN PLACE

A PLACE WHERE WE ARE LOOKED UPON

BY ALL THE YESTERDAYS PASSED AND GONE

PREACHING A FUTURE THAT WILL NEVER BE MINE

I WAS LOST IN THE SHUFFLE

AND FATHER TIME…. HAD NO LOVE FOR ME

SO I LIVE THIS REALITY

FORSAKEN BY MY YESTERDAYS

WHEN I THOUGHT

THAT ONE DAY I WOULD MAKE IT

BUT HERE I AM

DAMN! DAMN!

ONCE AGAIN

CRUISING MY OWN MINDS THOUGHTS

RELIVING MY OLD ACHIEVEMENTS

PROUD OF A FIGHT WELL FOUGHT

AND BELIEVING IN TOMORROW

THE ULTIMATE SALE MY MIND BOUGHT

SO WHO BETTER THAN THE ME ?

ASK ME !….I’LL SELL YOU THE DREAM

THE HOPE FOR A FUTURE

NOT YET SEEN

I WILL SHOW YOU THE ROAD

THE DIRECTION OF HOPE

THE WILL FOR YOUR CHARACTER

THE STRENGTH TO COPE

AND ONE DAY

YOU WILL DRIVE AWAY

NEVER LOOKING BACK

AT THE PLACE

WHERE DREAMS FIND A PLACE TO DIE

HERE IN THIS GHETTO

SURROUNDED BY TENEMENT SKIES

 

 

 

BIOGRAPHY:

Santos Taíno Santiago was born and raised in the Bronx, New York.

Santos was reared in a single-parent home, and began working from

childhood in order to have enough to eat. A product of the South

Bronx, Santos became a father at the age of 16. With hard work and

determination, he raised a family of three. Today, Santos is divorced,

a business owner (Jass Enterprise, Inc.) who firmly believes in the

pursuit of one’s dreams. Never giving up, and fighting for every inch,

his motto for the second half of his is, “I face my second half of

life with hope and love.” Poetry has been Santos’s lifelong love. He

currently writes poetry and also encourages other writers by creating

the Poets Place Group on Facebook, where many poets have already

become members.

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