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2020-12-15, poems

To My Colleagues

to my friends at work
reading this

this is what i’m doodling
when we’re in a meeting,

poems and poems
and drawings and some more

some poems about
a young man in the
seventh grade
who did his hair
like the little girls in
walked like a panther and
spoke like the fleeing wind
wore a yellow scarf,
dealt cocaine to the teachers
after school,
and the students knew
and the police knew
but nobody said anything—

in his world,
girls, alcohol,
cocaine and schoolteachers
and the young man learned
a lot from that world
and he’s thriving now,
thanks for asking.