The Tale of Seven Siblings

Somewhere in a town not far away
There once lived a family of 7 siblings
They were very poor, but worked very hard
And the father and mother taught them many good things.

At the start of every day
They would wake them up and say
“Never ever ever give up
Because hard work will hold you up.”

There wasn’t enough money 
To send them all to school in town
So they would have to go one by one
And wait their turn to come around 

Martin was the oldest, wisest and smartest
So he was the first of the children to be sent
He would graduate then get a job
And pave the way for his brother before he went

The family was so proud to watch him go
And knew that one day they'd no longer be poor
But that afternoon after school
Martin's dead body was lying at the door

There was a message tied around his neck
That caused the family to be filled with fear
“Don't bother sending more children to this school
Your family will never be welcome here.”

The family was sad for their loss
But they kept their heads up
They would never ever give up
Because their hard work would hold them up

The parents sent Malcolm next
But they taught him how to fight
If the school tried to kill him too
He would make it back alright

The family was so proud to watch him go
And knew that one day they'd no longer be poor
But that afternoon after school
Malcolm’s dead body was lying at the door

With the same message tied around his neck
That caused the family to be filled with fear
“Don't bother sending more children to this school
Your family will never be welcome here.”

The family was sad for their loss
But they kept their heads up
They would never ever give up
Because their hard work would hold them up

Recy was next in line
And she was sure they wouldn't kill a girl
So she headed off to school 
Ready to learn about this great big world

And when she returned that day
The family was so happy that they made her
A celebratory cake but she refused to eat
And explained her classmates had raped her

The father was so enraged 
“Enough is enough!” he protested
Then he rushed down to the sheriff's office
And demanded the classmates be arrested

But the police grabbed him and dragged him
Back to his house by the hair on his head
Then beat him in front of his family
Until he was dead

Then they turned to the children and their mother
And said the words that filled them all with fear:
“Don't bother sending more children to that school
Your family will never be welcome here.”

The family was sad for their loss
But they kept their heads up
They would never ever give up
Because their hard work would hold them up

So the mother packed their things
And told them this wasn’t the end
Then they moved to the next town
Settled down and decided to try again

Nat was next in line
But he was different than his siblings
He was still angry at all the deaths
And was planning terrible things

For when his family sent him off
To the school in their new town
Nat took a box of matches with him
And burned the whole school down

The principal took him by the ear
Then dragged him to the hardware store
Where he chopped Nate to pieces
Then left his parts at the family's door

He left the same message tied around Nat’s neck
That caused the family to be filled with fear
“Don't bother sending more children to this school
Your family will never be welcome here.”

The family was so sad for their loss
That the mother gave up all hope
And while the children wept all night
She turned to drugs to cope

So Recy took charge
And told them to keep their heads up
They could never ever give up
Because their hard work would hold them up

There was nothing left to do
With the school burned down
So they packed their bags again
And moved to the next town 

The family was smaller now
With three left as the remnant
Then to Recy's utter surprise
She discovered she was pregnant

Fred was next in line 
And devised a new plan to regroup
He gathered several other boys
And taught them all how to shoot

Now that he and his friends were armed and ready
The family knew that one day they'd no longer be poor
But that afternoon after school
Fred's dead body was lying at the door

With the same message tied around his neck
That caused the family to be filled with fear
“Don't bother sending more children to this school
Your family will never be welcome here.”

The family was sad for their loss
But they kept their heads up
They would never ever give up
Because their hard work would hold them up

But Raymond was beginning to doubt
“What if it won’t ?” he said with a shake of his head
“What if our hard work is what’s holding us up?
And we should just give up instead?”

And Recy replied, “We can never give up.
Going to school will better your life.”
But Raymond refused
And told her, “I'd rather survive.”

So he found Fred's friends
And asked if they wanted to hang
They said yes to his request
And Raymond made them a gang

Shortly thereafter Recy had her baby
And this made her think hard and long
Should she risk dying at school
Or should she simply move along?

Her mother was drugged
And was being absolutely no help
So if Recy was killed
Her baby would be by itself

She felt that her parents’ motto was wrong
But knew that Raymond couldn't be right
So with her baby in her arms
She formed a new outlook on life

“When there’s a fork in the road
And you don’t know where to go
Follow the crowd
Don’t be too loud
For this is life’s secret code.

The going will be tough
For life itself is rough
So ask for assistance
No need for persistence
Hard work is never enough

Better to run and to hide
My son, I tell you no lies
They may call you crazy
Or say that you’re lazy
At least you’ll still be alive.”

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