A Poem by Joel Zola
Written for the founding of street voices magazine
We live in the modern day world of cellphones, wikipedia, and social media
Sexual messages are sexually transmitted like gonorrhoea to our subconscious
The masses are asleep to reality like we’re unconscious
The voices of the streets will be the alarm clock, its time to wake up!
To the government’s cover ups, and I’m not talking about make up
I’m talking about 911, Khadafi, and the Federal Reserve
Do you own research I`ve been educated since I have been kicked to the curb
Street smarts, I gotta degree in the Street Life
Learned how to read people, and right hand hooks to people who didn’t speak right
We’re hungry for support like a child that doesn’t eat right
Control the food distribution, then how do they expect us to eat right?
Wrong truths mixed with white lies
Has the media looking misty like the night sky
I’m just trying clear it up, I’m sure of y’all are wondering if the right guy
Whether I’m the right or the wrong one
Just know Street Voices means revolution in the long run
In the race to change the world it’s a long run
Running out of time that’s a scary thought
We just trying to run Canada like we’re Terry Fox
Because the only people that run it right now are white how?
When we live in the most multicultural city right now
I’m raising the voices of the streets because they want us pipe down
So fuck peace and love, I’m ready to fight now
Only time I turn my left cheek is too look over my shoulder
Because in the streets if you don’t watch your back, your life could be over
So now we’re done trying to compromise, I’m crossing the boarder
Just know if you take my life your taking a soldier
For those of you that are conservative, you probably can’t wait till this is over
But for those that can relate, were taking this over
Cause they don’t really care about us, that’s what Michael Jackson said
Cardiac arrest now Michael Jacksons dead
Speaking of arrest, I’m trying to avoid the feds
Because when you want to change the world, they want your head
But I`m still going to keep doing what I do, because I ain’t got no choices
And if I die, ill live forever through STREET VOICES!
Joel Zola is a founder of Street Voices, a youth-led, quarterly magazine that aims to unite youth in the shelter system. Street Voices emerged in part from the support of the School of People’s Journalism put together by BASICS Community News Service.