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Am I My Brother's Keeper? MAG

By Danisha Nunn, Indianapolis, IN

Who is my brother?
Another offspring of my mother?
Or is he the guy on the street corner
begging for money?
Is my sister the girl selling her body
to feed the mouths of her hungry kids?
Was it my friend who got drunk
and died from hitting a tree?
Am I my brother’s keeper?
Should I tell the person next to me
where that road will lead them?
Should I support a hungry
child in Africa whose eyes
well up in tears every day?
Tell me who is my brother.
Who is my sister.
Tell me their story.
Tell me their problem and ask
Are you your brother’s keeper?

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on Jul. 24 2009 at 8:42 pm
LaQuasia Jordan BRONZE, Roslindale, Massachusetts
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i like this piece but why did you name it that ? i understand exactly what is being said in here .

Sasha said...
on Jul. 1 2009 at 9:52 pm
I enjoyed the piece except why did you choose that title?

laptopbible said...
on Dec. 8 2008 at 1:55 pm
yes am i my brothers keeper think that and learn

on Nov. 17 2008 at 12:58 pm
GREAT PEICE! keep writing :)

GoAskAlice said...
on Aug. 29 2008 at 8:20 am
I like the theme. Is this in any way a response to Barrack Obama's speaches? Cuz he says something about that in his speach, about being your brother's and your sister's keeper.