Chris Young the Rapper (c/o 2007) wrote a rap for I.S. students, to be distributed at the end of the Fall semester 2011 as a reward in recognition of student success in my honors and IB Science classes. The following poem is my way of saying "thank you" to him for his unerring dedication to the I.S. community:
Grandma, though crippled, had a vision that day you selflessly made a decision
to come read to her the Bible, here I admit there can be no denial.
I didn’t think that you would show, with brother Hugo sober in tow
wearing slacks and button down shirts, not expecting praise or perks.
We shared breakfast at the table, Grandma told her fav family fable
about her life back in the day, then assured you it's gonna be okay.
She saw right through your troubled eyes which was really no big surprise.
Grandma had amazing perception; I dared not out smart her with deception.
Long after you left she was still staring, off into space not really caring
that I was waiting to see what she thought of these young men for whom I had fought.
Although I knew she was reflecting, Grandma's words weren’t what I was expecting:
that boy, she pointed where you had been sitting, will be famous one day; I am not kidding.
He has something special within, but his deepness thus far has made his life dim.
And now Grandma lives up in the sky, but her words I still hear and I sigh
in awe that such an aged woman could identify true depth in this human
at the early age of sixteen when he was just beginning to define his being.
But now Chris you’re following this prophecy, it is more like your reality,
changing lives by sharing how you feel, sending messages so troubled souls can heal.
If there’s one thing I know for a fact, it's that you, Chris Young, are making an impact
on the thoughts and minds of the stranded, continue to give to the empty-handed.
And thank you Grandma for always believing in the goodness of mankind in achieving
the most important goal one could desire: to believe in and try to aspire
to teach people they have a choice, and show them how to express their voice.