During months of practice for the annual Louder Than a Bomb youth poetry festival, Epic Sound, the slam team from Kenwood Academy, struggled to nail down their group piece. LTAB's required group piece is written collaboratively by an entire slam team and performed by four students. Epic Sound focused their group piece on the idea of abortion. The main character in the piece is a pregnant teen, and the group wanted to explore whether it is better not to be born than to be born into an unjust world.
Here is their piece:
Sons: When are we born?
Mothers: Is it when we embrace the world or defeat it?
Mother 1: I'm trembling,
barricading my fortress,
locking you inside my armor womb.
Our heartbeats in sync like a chorus,
but my life is amorphous.
My silhouette not proportionate.
I found a stranger in a self portrait.
Mothers: And all this darkness in my womb, I wonder will it be worth the blood on my hands.
Mother 2: These horizons close their eyes on me like everyone else. I guess that's just what people do.
Mother 1: But still the thought of my child being taken from me terrifies me.
Mother 2: My baby taken piece by piece,
Mother 1: Arm,
Mother 2: leg,
Mother 1: arm,
Mother 2: leg,
out of me.
Son 1: Mother, you're killing yourself trying to decide if I should live or die.
Sons: We both know that I'm going to do both.
Son 2: God gives life and can take it to,
and from what I see you ain't no holy figure.
Mother 2: Baby you don't hear what they say or see how they stare.
The sight and echo of them makes me want to pull out my hair.
They say things like,
Mothers: "Give it back to the stork, walk into Planned Parenthood and we'll grab the pitchforks."
Mother 2: "No child left behind honey,
Mother 1: but you're no longer sweet."