I Will Overcome

Through the darkness
Of a power bill
Overdue and unpaid
I stayed strong
Through the temptations
Of marriage
Offering me a way out
Of poverty
I stood on my own
Through a river of cigarettes
And pills, and booze
I row above
Because I refuse
To be stuck
Somewhere I swore to beat
I will not take up a gun
But I will fight
And I will persevere
I will overcome

This poem is about: 
Me
My family
My community

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