Listen closely,

You’ll hear the sound of children

Screaming “Daddy, don’t leave me”.


Listen closely,

You’ll hear mothers crying

Because they don’t know how to put a roof over their babies heads

Or feed them


Listen closely,

You’ll hear the gunshots of hatred

Both across the ocean

And in our own neighborhoods.



Don’t listen too closely.

For a second,

Let’s choose not to hear the clock

Ticking life away,

But our hearts beating life into us.


Let’s choose not to hear the sobs,

But the laughter made of inside jokes

And a little too much sugar.


And if hearing the good

without the bad

means we’re being ignorant

Then maybe ignorance really is bliss.

—-Logan Sminth, Open High School, Richmond, VA


Logan  will present this poem as part of our Generation Dream 2014 Educoncert on February 9, 3 p.m. at Maggie L Walker Governor’s School, 1000 N. Lombardy St. in Richmond, and again at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library on February 16, also at 3 p.m.  Come out to see all our dancers, singers, musicians and spoken word artists.


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