I want to paint a picture,
I want to use an image
so you can visualize the torment
that only few can make concrete in their minds eye,
I want to give you the opportunity to use your eyes,
as I explain to you, yet another teenage issue…
but God has not given me the gift of an artist,
I can’t paint,
I can’t sketch a silhouette out of coal,
I can’t even draw
All I have is my words, and with these words,
I want to word my sentences and phrases
in a way that will penetrate thru your vocabulary
and changes how you select your words,
when dealing with an infectious disease as this one.
This disease strikes
fear in the hearts of millions going
to school everyday,
this disease causes people to stand by
when they see their peers about to kill each other,
this disease put guns in our schools,
anxiety is our lives,
and makes the death rate rise amongst youth every year.
Violence is the number one killer of man-kind.
Joshua is 10 years old and
skips school everyday because he
knows the minute he shows his face
he will be faced with the decision to fight or flight,
his face is stained with the expression of avoidance;
he wishes not to stare in the face violence.
A wall on the corner of my street is stained
with the graffiti of bloodlines that define
the reason why parents don’t want
their child to walk down the street.
Innocent Child shot while standing
in front of her own house…
School Riot in Cleveland, 10 students expelled
Success Tech shooting, many shot, one killed.
Why are their so many headlines that outline
this disease and make violence a celebrity?
Why when you open a newspaper,
switch to the radio,
or turn on the 6 O’clock News
Violence is there once again being interview?
How does one stop an epidemic
When people find the disease so attractive?