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Posted: January 25th. 2019 3:04:06 PM
I still am
by Radko Vacek
Age Group: Adult
Dying to celebrate my biggie,
My twenty-first birthday, I was already,
Over four years ago, but wasn't allowed.
I caught my flight to freedom,
I thought, even if it was the car of a freight-
Train, where I rolled myself into a ball to fight
Off the cold, riding all night to become
A boarder at the homeless shelter.
Even that was better than being trapped
In mother's house, until they kicked me out
For taking too long to shower. "Handicapped
Or not, " he said, "if we bent the rules for you,
We'd have to bend them for everybody."
I was freezing in the park when, out of the blue,
Ray came like my guardian angel to help me.
He shared his place with me these three years.
With all his help, my dream nearly came true!
I got a job and felt ready to really be on my own.
It was all my fault I got fired.
I have to leave my old friend a note. 11:45pm Dear
Ray, I love you! Thank you so much for all you did
for me! I didn't mean to hurt you when I left.
I just wanted to be with others my age.
Oh no! My hand's shaking and my tears
Are wrinkling the paper. Will he be able to read the rest?
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine -
Please tell mother I loved her. I left just because I
was dying to be free like a normal man.
Ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen,
Sixteen, the last pill down my throat.
Ah! The pain in my belly! My phone! - 9-1-
In tribute to Tanner, 1993 - 2019, and all those denied the dignity of coming of age.
Author's Location: Toledo, Ohio
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