Silence by Alvertis Valentine, Life Inside The Ring
Chaos and confusion consumes me.
My senses are intact long enough to feel my body mournfully release my soul.
I see a cold worthless piece of metal on my murderer’s chest.
I see the firm grip of my lifeless hand on my wallet.
I see the panic on my baby mama’s face.
I smell gun powder in the air.
I smell the blood that is rapidly escaping my chest.
I even smell the daisies on the side of the road.
I taste the dryness of the air.
I taste the last breaths that I will ever taste.
I taste an unforgettable sour as if death was a dead dog that stunk in the sun for days.
I feel this piece of steel in my chest.
I feel all the pain and sorrow of young black people who have experienced a similar fate.
I fee the last of my life leave my body.
Because of the officer’s negligence …I hear SILENCE.
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This Thing Called Life: Life Inside The Ring
Life doesn’t pull any punches. From your first breath to your last, there are no “time outs” or “practice runs”; life just goes, hit after hit. Although our children live in the best country in the world, generational poverty, single parent homes, addiction and violence impact one in every four children. One out of every 6 children will be impacted by at least three traumatic events in childhood, which we now know will have long-term mental and physical health impacts.
In the short-term, these tough environments mean shorter attention spans, behavioral issues, and “acting out” in an educational environment driven by “zero tolerance policies” that push our kids onto the ropes, and into a life on the streets or worse. We have to do better for our future. This Thing Called Life is the first release in the Life Inside The Ring series.
A portion of the proceeds from book sales goes to support Kingdom Boxing & Youth Outreach.