Picture in the Paper

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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