“Daddy, I’m hungry!”
Shh-i-i-t, me too son –
Been hungry ma whol’ life.
We ain’t never had nuttin to eat –
No bread, ‘specially no cornbread.
Shh-i-i-t, they say don’t th’ow away your food
cuz is niggaz in Africa starving.
Fuck niggaz in Africa,
We here in America,
and we starving.
Who told ‘em we got food
To th’ow away?
But I’m sorry son,
I’m sorry you so hungry.
Kelechi Okere is a Nigerian-born student in the writing track of
the graduate English program at Rutgers-Newark.