Not This Time

by Yolanda Shabazz

Waiting at the bus stop
Doing the nine to five thing
Just trying to make a way

Not being a criminal
No guns, whores, or dope
Just winning against the odds
Showing young brothers how to cope

Not being dragged in by the police
Not dialing up for bail
No standing in courtrooms
Being sentenced to jail

If the Criminal Justice System
Is at the ready for me
Start handing out pink slips
Cause it ain’t gonna be.

Not This Time by Yolanda Shabazz

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