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Perception is Deception

Reflection on a teacher's first impression

By L Poeta
Published on LatinoLA: December 13, 2005


Perception is Deception


I walk into the classroom, what do you see;
SLICK BACK HAIR and BAGGY CLOTHING!!

I walk into the classroom, what do you think;
DO YOU AUTOMATICALLY LIST ME AS BEING IGNORANT!!

I walk into the classroom, and I begin to speak;
DO YOU THINK I'M GOING TO SAY SOMETHING CHILDISH and CAUSE HAVOC!!!

WELL, YOUR PERCEPTION GOT YOU THINKING WRONG,
CAUSE IT TURNS OUT, I'M YOUR BEST STUDENT!
AND IT TURNS OUT, EVERY TIME I SPEAK,
I MAKE EVERYONE UNDERSTAND THE WORK, MORE DEEPLY!

AND IT TURNS OUT, YOU NEGLECTED TO SEE!
THE BACKPACK FULL OF WORK, NOT JUST FULL OF "NON-SENSICAL" THINGS!

AND IT TURNS OUT YOU LITTLE SPEECH ABOUT US BEING GHETTO,
AND CLOSE-MINDED IS INCORRECT.
CAUSE IT TURNS OUT, YOU ARE THE ONE WHO IS GHETTOIZED,
AND TRULY IGNORANT!

CAUSE YOU NEGLECT TO SEE,
THE UNLIMITED POSSIBILITIES.
BUT YOU LIMIT US,
TO A LOW EXPECTANCY!

YOU SEE ALL OF US AS STATISTICS,
BUT WE ALL HAVE, A DIFFERENT COMPOSITION!
A BODY, A SOUL, AN INDEPENDENT MIND,
WHO'S CREATIVITY WANTS TO TAKE FLIGHT.

BUT YOU LIMIT US TO BASICS,
SOCIETY HAS GIVEN YOU A NEGATIVE PERCEPTION.
SO TO ACCOMMODATE YOUR IDEAS,
I'LL TALK THIS WAY:

"Hey Mr. Teacher,
Who don't no nothin'
Why are you treating us,
Like we frontin'
All we was doing,
Was intelligently talking
But then you said,
WE WERE NOTHING!"

WHO GIVES YOU THE RIGHT,
FOR OUR EDUCATIONAL LIMITING.
IF YOU WANT ME TO BE DUMB,
I'LL BE A REFLECTION OF YOUR ENTITY.

CAUSE I CAME TO SCHOOL TO LEARN,
NOT HEAR A CIRCUITOUS LECTURE.
ABOUT A PERSONAL SUBJECT,
THAT SUBJECTS US TO NEGLICENCE.

HENCE IT IS MY BELIEF,
SAY AS A MEXICAN;
"SI NO TE GUSTA LA COMIDA,
DESPUES COME CHILE"

CAUSE IF THE TRUTH LOOKS DISTASTEFUL,
THEN IGNORANCE MUST BE DELICIOUS.
BUT YOU ARE COMPOSED,
OF PURE BULL SHIT!

DEDICATED TO MR. AVOL AND ANY OTHER TEACHER WHO IS LIMITED IN COMPREHENSION







About L Poeta:
Currently a student at Locke High in South Central, Los Angeles. Both parents are immigrants and I am planning to go to college in the area (3.7 GPA). You can contact me at blokosun@aol.com or (323)304-6760




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