Champagne Bubblee Column: A letter to the youngers

Quinton Green, aka Champagne Bubblee, shares a poem which aims to help disaffected youngsters change their trajectory and work on their aspirations.

Dear youngers,

First of all I don’t wanna come across like I’m preaching, ‘cos you’re the only one who really knows what you’re feeling.

There’s nothing worse than an adult telling you to change, when it feels like you’re lost and you’ve fell into a maze.

A couple of your friends have been belling you for days, you said you had no money and they said they had
a raise.

I know you felt the pressure and I totally understand that.

When you see pals with cash and they’re flashing it on Snapchat or posting it on Instagram, getting comments and likes and everybody’s saying “yo dem man are living life.”

Yeah and no doubt it looks nice, but what are the consequences, when their house is getting raided and they’re clocking up offences.

But when you choose that path, it’s like you’re wearing a stopwatch, ‘cos it probably won’t be that long before you get clocked.

Could end up in court and get locked, or even worse than that, get caught lacking on an opp block. And for
what?

From the outside looking in, I know it seems like they’re winning, until they’re lying on the floor as a victim of a chinging.

And I know that sounds deep, but I need to be realistic.

Do you wanna spend your life forever making up for mistakes?

I know life is hard growing up on an estate and it’s just you and your best mates, ‘cos your parents might not be there.

It feels like your caregivers don’t care, feels like life can be unfair. YOU don’t deserve all this.

When the only adult you felt you could talk to was someone from social services, or it seems you’re forever walking on the streets.

Until it’s hurting your feet, I really know how you feel, ‘cos that person was me!

When that older was doing things, took you under his wing and it gave you that status, he called you his
young G.

Maybe some of the things you’ve seen can never be unseen. Now you’re in too deep and there’s talk of sending you to country, but don’t get too comfy, cos they will cross you in a minute.

What do you think would happen if you lost what you went with?

Or if you were chilling in the ‘bando’ and it got robbed with you in it?

It’s like you’re literally stuck in a TRAP.

So you keep making those trips, just the other day a friend of yours got dipped. It’s all too much for a kid, you were born to be a king, but I swear you don’t have to do it like this.

I’m not telling you what to do but I’m paving the way, to be an example of what can happen if you had a motivation to change.

Quinton teaches poetry and creative writing online. Follow Quinton on Instagram @champagne_bubbler and @whoismrmilise. Follow Mr Milise on Spotify. Email him on kcvsinfo@gmail.com.

This feature was published in the September 2020 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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