for ADC who we tried to save, but it wasn’t meant to be.
In the picture in the paper
he is wearing the same hoodie
that I had to ask him to take down
the few days he came to school.
This will be his yearbook picture
now, next to the other kid charged
in the crime who is also seventeen
and is facing charges of causing mayhem
at seven pm on Halloween.
And with the broken legs and fractured
eye sockets, they stormed into their dreams
and locked themselves into the one room
no one wants to die in.
They sold themselves back to the State
and granted dominion of their daily routines,
and pleasures and hates
to the faceless and heartless machine.
And in the picture in the paper
he is just seventeen and will discover
too late what it all means.
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