We Real Cool – #Gwendolyn Brooks

Another wonderfully succinct work that is a home run! Here, Gwendolyn Brooks embraces the adage “Live fast and die young.”  As an inner city teacher of many years, I have seen several deaths where the young person wasn’t necessarily living a fast life, but was entangled in a fast environment.  However, I also know that there does seem to be an early expiration date stamped on certain lifestyles and this is what Ms. Brooks brings to my attention.  I can here the rhythm of sex, drugs and rock-n-roll—I mean jazz—when I read this poem.  “We Real Cool” is “Real Cool” and often times “Real True.”   What about  you?  As always – Stay with Sharon and The Write Talk!

We Real Cool by Gwendolyn Brooks
We real cool. We
Left School. WeLurk late. We
Strike straight. We

Sing sin. We
Thin gin. We

Jazz June. We
Die soon.


About sharonsbooks

I am a practical and contemporary urban writer who focuses on readers/participants who are high school age youth and adults. Although I currently write fiction and poetry, I am inspired to write about social and political issues in the sometimes subtle and other times blatant way that they are present in our everyday lives. I love humor and I strive to expand the thought process and create positive change. I realize today, in the scheme of things, that I know only a little. However, I would be remiss if I didn’t share what I’ve learned as I continue to develop my own growth process. In all my writings, I’ve always sought to convey a message from my spiritual center. This keeps me broad-minded regarding diversity and a willingness to learn from anyone and everyone.
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