Hand-Me Downs.

handed down… daddy's toleration,
fitted for mama's cultivation;
years of lack of ventilation―
made me a child of regulation;

handed down… TV's desecration,
    tailored for social adaptation;
measuring teen spirit depreciation―
seeded for social alienation;

handed down… intellect fabrications,
 scriptures in jihad with temptations;
silenced on autonomy conversations―
    to avoid any poetic ramifications;

handed down…grandma's holy conviction,
darkness fits light for opposition;
lesson planned a malediction―
    until I unlocked my declaration

Mark Anthony Thomas
Copyright © 2004

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