I wrote Words from the Underground in order to speak out and give a literary voice to the stories that lie hidden within the inner city streets of urban America. I’ve been out there over the years. Back in the day, I craved the allure of the street life that promised easy riches and high times. I discovered that nothing is easy out in the streets, especially when you throw in drugs and money. Fast forward several years. I found myself on the streets as I sought to stir up community involvement through urban faith-based and community-based programs. Later, once a minister of the gospel, I was doing “street ministry,” sharing through the Word and good works. It was a complete turn around.
I use my creative expressions through writing and seek to shed light on the darkness that exists and seems hidden from the eyes of most of America. They do not know the pain of the people. They fail to see the people on the streets as real people. To me, it is more than a book. It’s poetry mixed with social commentary and advocacy. Perhaps, someone will read this and gain a deeper and clearer understanding of what goes on out there. Someone else may read this and feel like someone has finally put into words what had been pulsating within them for so many years. Finally, this may truly move someone to do something. Maybe someone will develop a program to help others within their city. Maybe someone else will start speaking out and advocating for the people who live in these inhumane conditions. Truthfully, I would be satisfied if someone just read my words and started treating people like people, never truly knowing what someone else’s story may be beneath the mask they wear day in and day out. Maybe so.