R.E.A.L.

R.E.A.L. Student Work




What Is Real?
by Geno Arzuaga

Real is about respect.
Respect is an equation.
The equation for salvation is education.








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Feelings
by Brittany Jamison

Got a lot of feelings built up inside.
Don't know how to let 'em out and still be kind.
Don't wanna hurt nobody with what I feel inside.
How do I tell people what's on my mind?

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Statistically Speaking
by Andre Huff

Yo' Boricua!
What's Up?
That's what I usually hear
When I step outside now.
It's kind of funny because
Before I found out about my culture
My nickname used to be Mo-ky.
That's what they used to call me
In my barrio known as Englewood.
So how does society see me?
Black,
Problem.
Puerto Rican,
More problems.
Education,
Not possible
Because of past generalizations...
Open your eyes
And peer deep into my insides
To realize my skin is brown
And I got Puerto Rican pride.
So if defining statistically by letter
Had to be my test
Well then--
S- statistics
T- talk
A- about
T- the
I- ignorant
S- suggestions
T- that
I- idiots
C- casually
A- accept
L- learning
L- less
Y?
Because when it comes to accomplishing my goals
I've completed my quest.

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What Does Love Mean to Me?
by Yeraldi Perales

Love is a strong word to me.
Love is when your heart feels in love
With a person you really like,
When you got love on your mind
You feel it.
You are on the clouds.
When you see the person
That stole your heart--
The one that made you feel completely in love,
Every time you go some where you got to hear
The word love.
Love is when you know that the boy
Has completely taken your heart
Or when you took his.
When you want to sleep or go somewhere,
You will always have your heart in love.

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My Dreams
by Yeraldi Perales

My dreams are to become an artist, a lawyer, and a doctor. What I really want when I grow up is a lot of money. I want to have a big mansion and in that mansion I want to have nine rooms, five bathrooms and in the bathrooms I want to have a Jacuzzi. I think that would look cool and also I want to have a really big pool. I really would like to be an artist but I think I am going to study to become a lawyer.

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The Goodness of a Woman
by Jermaine J

When you refer to a woman
you are referring to a queen.
Women are intellectual and beautiful.
Women are the back bone of men.
When you need someone to listen
They always understand.
Women are our past, present, and future.
Women are so wonderful
I love women.


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Preparation
by Jamal

I知 prepared for today
because tomorrow is not promised today.
I知 prepared for today
because I don稚 know if in the next minute
my life is going to be taken away.
I知 prepared for today
because when the wind blows
and the leaves shake
the roof might pop
and lightning may strike.
I知 prepared for today
because I知 staying in school
and not have my life taken away.

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We Still Care
by Deon Hollis

Red is for the Blood
we spit on the floors of the earth
Green is for the land we were kidnapped from
Black is for the spirit we lost in the states
But that was then
and this is now
And We Still Care.

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Dreams, Visions and Goals
by Dana Payton-Lock

The dream I have is to be one of the best pediatricians in the world. I want to help children that have autism. My goals in life are to complete medical school and to get a big house to relax in plus be married to a great guy.

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Untitled
by John Hackney Jr.

When I look into your eyes, it痴 like staring at a star.
Your body is like a Coke bottle by far.
Your skin is as soft and smooth as silk,
And looks creamy and fresh like cold chocolate milk.
I知 craving for your honey like Winnie the Pooh.
All I want to do is to be with you.
Your pretty smile can light up a room
Like a sunny day in the month of June.
When I look at you and hear your voice,
My heart beats faster and faster.
It has no choice.
My stomach flutters endlessly.
I only wish that I could see you and tell you
How much loving everything about you means to me.

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