Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Teen Boy


You are like no other dog
With your facial expressions so salt and pepper
Complete with eyebrows and a full beard
And when we kick it,
You evaporate all my fears
You are so brave
And fascinated with your surroundings
You will never let me down
Even if no one is home
I am never alone
Because you’re my best friend ever,

 Published in Because I Wanted to Be Loved,  January 2009.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

I Remember

Teen Boy


I remember
My home-boy on the pavement
The paramedics checking him
He wasn’t breathing.
The shots rang out
He didn’t hit the deck
Stood there like a soldier
Took three slugs to the chest

I remember
His family crying
The cops asked me who did it
Said I didn’t know.
I was lying.

I remember
Growing up rough
Hearing babies crying
Everywhere I look
Another person dying.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


Teen Boy


When I die, how will people think of me with the life I lead now? Will they think I was smart or stupid for all the things I did? Will they think I was kind or mean for getting into fights? Will they think I was funny or were they just laughing at me for being dumb? Will I be missed or will I be forgotten? How will I be remembered? 

Published in Call It Courage, August 2006.