Have you ever
in the school yard?
Have you ever
lost your house keys
at a gang fight?
Ever swallow a cigarette butt
in a warm beer can?
Ever fall asleep in church
and start snoring?
Have you ever put your face
up against a chain link fence
to watch the 4th & 5th graders
play dodge ball with mini basketballs?
Ever thrown rocks at passing cars
from the overpass?
Have you ever ran from the school security
into oncoming traffic
trying to skip out after lunch time?
Ever get caught sneaking back into school
to ride the bus home at the end of the day?
Ever lose your faith in magic?
Have you forgotten how high your aspirations are?
Does your situation ever keep you up at night drinking
arguing with God, and making promises you can’t keep?
Ever swear this all must be some cruel joke?
Been so sure that the devil was standing behind you
you could feel his breath tickle whispers down your spine
but been to scared to turn around and look.
the windows must be closed
or the chill gets into the room sometimes
like memories, and failure, and alcoholism, and fear
Love is far too jealous to spend time arguing with you
where you are going there is only one answer
the right thing is simple because it is the right thing
the future is not the past or we would call it the past
regardless of how you answer
the screaming inside you
eventually we all get to die…