Finally, someone asked, what would I say
What words would touch the younger generation today.
Where would I start, I want to apologize
I want to say I’m sorry for the issues, the challenges, the trauma
You’ve witnessed through your eyes
I want to wipe your tears,
You’ve endured pain, hidden your shame and fears
Your childhood experience has been filled with adult issues
Well beyond your years.
I want to offer a helping hand
But you’ve had hands embrace you only to choke you, a strange woman or man
You’ve had hands that have touched you, damaged your innocence
Yes, I understand
I want to give you my love, be someone you can trust
But with that, I want you to release, vent, and scream
Your emotional freedom is a must
I want to build a relationship, learn who you are, who you want to be
I want you to dream, have visions of hope, I want you to create a new reality
I want you to leave the streets, fill the classrooms, feed your mind, develop your skills
I want you to put down the guns, drop your colors, let living not killing give you a thrill
I want you to have more than I can provide
I want you to reach daily beyond your limits…..reach for the sky
You are a representative of our generation our pride.
There are lessons to be learned for both you and me
I see the light of your spirit……accept my apology.
Nanette M. Buchanan
Touching Our Youth With Words
Above anything else, we know our youth need positive influences, examples, and love. So UBAWA has partned with Dream Pathways, a social enterprise to reach out to our younger generation through the creative use of words. If you have a way with words, then this feature is for you! To participate in this feature, please see submission guidelines below.
Submission Guidelines: Submit your BEST ADVICE for our "Touching the Younger Generation with Words" poster. Submissions must be original, creative, and positive. In 250 words or less, here's your opportunity to let your words make a difference in the lives of our youth. Send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading: MY BEST ADVICE. Submission Deadline: December 15, 2014. Tell a friend.