Oscar Mireles

The Researcher Tried To Explain The Reasons Black Girls Get Pregnant - Poem by Oscar Mireles

The researcher tried to explain
to the radio audience
that a black 16 year old girl
living in the projects
being poor
was actually in the best position of her life biologically
to have a child

she would be in
the best health of her life
(her health deteriorates after that
only because she will be poorer)

and her baby
would have the best chance of surviving
with a near normal birth weight
and a healthier teenage mom to deliver her

and biologically speaking
there are more young black males
for her to meet
who are out of jail at that age
(because of the black male prison incarceration rate)
and in a position
to put her in a
parenting situation

and she would also
at this age, be able
have her mother around
to help her take care of the baby
before her mother died
or was sick

there are biological reason
why young back teens have children.
and even though we don’t know all the reasons
like this researcher did

I do know for some young girls
that becoming a teenage mom
helped them finally grow up
and take responsibility
for their actions

Listen to this poem:

Comments about The Researcher Tried To Explain The Reasons Black Girls Get Pregnant by Oscar Mireles

  • (1/2/2006 12:20:00 PM)

    Whoa, Nelly! This is a powerful, powerful poem - a scathing indictment of American values. Bravo. (Report) Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
Read all 1 comments »

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Poem Submitted: Monday, January 2, 2006

Poem Edited: Sunday, January 8, 2006

Famous Poems

  1. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  5. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  6. Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You
    Pablo Neruda
  9. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep
    Mary Elizabeth Frye
  10. Television
    Roald Dahl
[Report Error]