About twenty years ago, after a good friend of mine was shot to death, I started writing this collection of poetry. I did not intend on it becoming a book; I was just writing down things in this world that bothered me. Who would have ever thought that a person who barely finished high school could have made a complete comeback from a bad situation and write a book? I joined the Navy in 1987, while serving I earned my associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, all the while working full time. I earned the rank of E-7, which is a Chief Petty Officer, and am now ready to pursue a career in Human Resources. The reason I am writing this book is because of the deep complacency that has fallen on our community. The things that are happening in our communities have literally become daily activities and expected behaviors. Murders, rapes, child abuse, and other demeaning facts pollute our news stations, and leave horrifying depictions of failed and broken African American homes as the source of the blame. I know that not all of us fit into this category, but most of us have gotten used to the sudden downturn of our society and have turned away as though nothing is happening. This book will hopefully serve as a wake-up call not only for African Americans, but America—not to just read, but to take action in the best way possible.