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The time
I wish
We all
Could
Go back to
Was when
Children
Could be
Children
They stayed
Out of
Grown folks
Conversations
They played
Outside
Walked to
The corner store
For essentials
For the family
And
Rode their
Bikes
All over
The neighborhood
Without the
Fear of being
Kidnapped
Or
Murdered
A village
Is what
Looked out
For them
Big Mama
Was
Every old lady
That sat
On the window sill
Watching as
The children
Played
Stepping in
When things
Got hairy
First
Saying
Imma tell yo mama
Second
Spanking
Them
Then
Directing them
To go home
Where their mother
Was waiting
To spank
Them again
For embarrassing
Her
With their conduct
These are
The good old days
Missing from
Our communities
The forgotten
Powerful system
That was setup
Allowing neighbors
To be extended
Family
That cared for
One another
Giving parents
Relief
And
Support
To know
Their children
Were safe
On the streets
While they
Were playing
Tell me
Where did
This piece of
Mind
Go to
How did
This get shattered
Breaking up
A great system
Parents
And
Community
Working together

-Yellowbonewonda

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