poetry

Brian B.

when I was 11

I was justĀ a mall
kid

deep in the
suburbs
of
Tallahassee

my mom picked
the wrong malls
always

my mom took
me with her
always

she
never
wanted to drive
the
20 miles
into the city

where the
good mall
lived

I liked it
anyways

just being
with her

I was not
one of those kids
who jumped and
ran
through
the woods

smiling

I didn’t have
that kind
of
coordination

I was just a mall
kid

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other peoples poetry, poetry

things I heard

“what is it a
dog
recognizes that a
man
cannot see?”
– Nathan

//

“My girl Hilary,
she gunna win”
– Stacy

“Don’t make me
sick while I’m
eating”
– Allen

//

“I would like
a dog too
but unfortunately
I had an
Asian girlfriend
in the 80’s”
– Allen

//

“I’m from the
land of
‘here they come'”
– Mike

//

Where were you
at age 11?

Allen- Fresno
George- North Carolina
Gary- Boston
Genarro- Boston
Stacy- New Orleans

Michael James- “all around the world”

//

“When I was 11
going on 12
I was on that
old paper route
in
Chicago,
I think”
– Anthony

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