Is my best not good enough?

Is my best not good enough?


Even though I was born in the ghetto

with remnants of a broken race on my face.

Inside of a broken home, surrounded by a war zone.

Deprived victim of circumstance, doing the best that I can,

fighting to survive when I never had a chance.


Is my best not good enough?


Watching my friends and family members become casualties

graphically, only knowing death by one name,

tragedy.

Enough to make a man go insane?

(maintain)


Is my best not good enough?


No Ph.D or Masters degree

but a G.E.D at the age of twenty three.

How could my mother still be proud of me?

Is it because she is my mother?

It could be.

Or is it because where I'm from,

its an accomplishment to reach the age of twenty one?

Is my best not good enough or is my best yet to come?






Copyright © 2011 Daunt'e Loper

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mindyjgirl 5 years ago from Cottage Grove, Oregon

Its good enough,I am happy you are here sharing, part of the hub family.


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Powerpoe1 5 years ago

Excellent!.... I felt emotion! I could picture every word so vividly, well done!


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Emily40 5 years ago

Yes your best is good enough, i love this poem..very talented indeed.

Cheers:)


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Daunte Loper 5 years ago from Detroit Michigan Author

Thank you all for your wonderful comments


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Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

The best comes beating from the chest without depending on the rest.;)


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Sounds like a stellar song in the making! Strong, but vulnerable words. Well said, Daunte


PenMePretty 5 years ago from Franklin

It's good enough!!! :-) I like!


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poetvix 5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

It's more than good enough! Your poetry is a powerful voice and you use it well. Kudos.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

you are not only good enough,you are a talented writer! this was awesome, touching, powerful


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Daunte Loper 5 years ago from Detroit Michigan Author

Thank you all, I really appreciate the positive feedback:)


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IAmMe66 5 years ago from Oregon

Wow. this is absolutely amazing and really powerful. And you are definitely more than enough!


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Daunte Loper 5 years ago from Detroit Michigan Author

Thank you IAmMe66


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lindatymensky 5 years ago

Yes, of course you are good enough! And as for the poem, parts of it are BRILLIANT! Thank you so much for sharing this insightful and powerful piece with us! Keep 'em coming!


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Daunte Loper 5 years ago from Detroit Michigan Author

Thanks lindatymensky


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Plarson 5 years ago from Alabama

Daunte- Over-coming the adversity, is what defines you as a man. Gaining titles and climbing the ladder of success without passion for what you're doing doesn't. My father once told me I was a failure because i dropped out of college and became a truck driver. I responded we simply measured success in different terms. I explained my life will have been successful, if it is standing room only at my funeral, not if I have a huge savings account. You have been blessed with the gift of beng able to exspose your inner most thoughts and feelings. Explore that and share with the world your gift and talent. You will see you are more than just good enough. -Paul


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Daunte Loper 5 years ago from Detroit Michigan Author

This is what makes me happy to be a part of the Hubpages family, thank you Paul


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Rob Hanlon 5 years ago from Epicentre of everywhere

Profoundly prophetic poetry ! Well done.


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Daunte Loper 5 years ago from Detroit Michigan Author

Thank you Rob


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bbnix 5 years ago from Southern California

You and I have found our place here my friend! You with your skill, me with my blind ambition. Together, with these sweet people, we can change the world for all us - it's time well past due!


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Daunte Loper 5 years ago from Detroit Michigan Author

I agree with you bbnix, thank you


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Nayothara 5 years ago

Everything we do is our best, and it is good enough. Enjoyed your hub very much, Honest and pure. AWESOME


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Daunte Loper 5 years ago from Detroit Michigan Author

Thank you Nayothara


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4elements 5 years ago

This was great. Very intense


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Daunte Loper 5 years ago from Detroit Michigan Author

Thank you 4elements


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Norma Budden 5 years ago from Nunavut, Canada

I had to pause after reading the first stanza. I've been reading a lot about child abuse over recent weeks and your poem triggered a lot of stuff I had been reading about.

As for not having letters after your name, if you never get them, don't berate yourself. I don't have any letters have my name either but I have more work and life experience than some people with a long list of letters after their names.

Plarson is right; success is determined in different ways by many people. Be proud of yourself because you have beat the odds, Daunte, and I can see you climbing to even greater heights.


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Daunte Loper 5 years ago from Detroit Michigan Author

Thank you for believing in me Norma


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Norma Budden 5 years ago from Nunavut, Canada

Daunte, you may struggle to believe this but you are worth believing in.


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chanroth 5 years ago from California, USA

WOW! WOW! WOW! Is all I can say. I love this poem!


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Daunte Loper 5 years ago from Detroit Michigan Author

Thank you Chanroth:)

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