PATERSON, NJ - Paterson's 2nd annual poetry festival featured the works of nationally renowned poets, men and women whose verses have inspired change across New Jersey, and some of the city's most creative students.
Among those who performed Saturday was Davon Daniels, a student at John P. Holland Charter School and the 1st Place winner of the student poetry competition for the middle school age level.
TAPinto Paterson is proud to share Davon's work:
A Poem Written By: Davon Daniels
John P. Holland Charter School
I want to be successful in my life
I want to do the most that I can.
But there is only one problem that I have
And it is this city where I stand.
That city that is full of litter?
The city with many shootings?
The city where drug addicts jitter?
If I tell them where I’m from,
Will their opinions change on me?
Will they reject me
And I’ll have to change who I want to be?
This city is frowned down upon
By the people who live in this state.
And even people who have heard of it
Don’t think it’s so great.
Sure, some people became successful
Like Larry Doby and Victor Cruz
They came from Paterson
But they didn’t use this as their excuse.
But today this city is known as lame.
The new generation from here are seen as dumb.
There’s no point in changing it now.
People’s opinions have gone numb.
Everyone comes here to take
And throw away their trash
No one sees the promise
All they see is cash.
I want to be successful in life.
And do the most that I can.
I will raise this city with me.
As I grow into a man.