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Life is nothing short of yin and yang. Good and bad, right or wrong, 

Joy and pain. 

Yeah, sometimes I get sad but really I can’t complain. 

Because sunny days are cool but me, I love the rain. 

And hearing thunderstorms knocking outside my window pane 

Reminds me of the days I used to ride on the train. 

And who’s to blame,  

For this mind frame that I was given? Now I’m constantly conflicted with making better decisions 

Because the way that I was living was worse than you could envision. 

It’s like I never knew myself, then God gave me a mission. 

I swear I can see the future I’ve  really been having visions. 

I didn’t know what they meant, and it had my mind twisted. 

Especially when they really came into fruition.  

But now I know my mission. 

Execute with precision. 

My views are so much wider than being broke or in prison. 

And being trapped in the system is no way to be living. 

How can they label me a menace when all my sins were forgiven? 

Not to mention, When starving kids think there is no food in the world.  

And people with money, spend it on jewelry and pearls. 

So pray for D.C., they’re still missing some beautiful girls. 

Life and love, are the real treasures of the world. 

You gotta use your head, you know the thing under those curls? 

But understanding that is just another obstacle to hurdle. 

First the bees are going extinct, now we’re losing the turtles. 

What’s next? 

When will we learn we don’t have to be so hurtful? 

It took some time, now my state of mind is all purple.

It’s so hard, trying to see the good in the world.

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Twenty-one-years-old Snow was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Snow moved back and forth from New York to the Poconos between the ages six and fifteen residing in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Snow did not always have an interest in poetry until one night and a glass of wine altered his whole perspective on life. After sharing his poem with his sister, she encouraged him to keep going and to pursue this new journey he was on. Here is his story.

Why is poetry important?

How does a poem begin for you, with an idea, a form or an image?Poetry is important because it allows you to express yourself a little more freely than music. Whereas with music there is a beat and a tempo you have to keep up with. You worry about the audience so there is certain things you can and cannot say. Poetry is free I can write whatever I want at whatever tempo I want, and it helps me to get some things off my mind. I see a lot of problems in the world, and poetry helps me deal with some of the things I see going on in the world. 

What prompted you to begin writing poetry?

One of my home girls read me a poem, and it made me want to start writing, but I never got to it. This was a year before I started writing poetry because at the time I didn’t even know how to go about writing a poem. But that one night off the one everything came at me at one time and I have been writing ever since. A year and a half later I have twenty-five poems stacked up.

How does a poem begin for you, with an idea, a form or an image?

I don’t know, my poetry comes to me randomly, I’m inspired by life and living on a daily. 

“The things people do 

show you where they

 are in their life.”

Other than poetry you work at clear FM tell me about that?

Clear FM, my co-host Jah actually got me this internship. We were in this place every day rain, sleet and snow for five months as interns not having a clue as to what we were doing in here. The initial reason why we were in here is because it seemed cool and looked like a good opportunity because we felt something good would come from it. A month or so ago the owners came to us and said that we needed our own radio show and that we have a lot of potential. They wanted to push us to get this show together.

What is the relationship between your speaking voice and your written voice?

My written voice is more of my personal thoughts. I have learned over the years that everyone is not ready for your opinion or that your opinion does not have to be given on every situation. 

What was the first poem you ever wrote and what was it about?

It was called “it’s just me” that was the poem I wrote when I was drinking, and it was about how I was feeling. At that time, I was n a dark space, feeling lonely and felt like I couldn’t express myself. I feel like people wouldn’t understand how I was feeling so I wrote it out. 

Do you think your poetry can change someone perspective on life?

I personally do, I feel like looking at anything from one perspective can change your perspective. I write poetry from my heart and what I am going through or seeing, I feel like people can relate to it. 

Do you wish to inspire young people through poetry?

I would love to inspire young people through poetry, I would tell them to be the best they can be in anything that they pursue in life.

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