"Landscape with Chalk-Marked Silhouette" (Tony Medina)

"They Like to stay high. They Don’t ever wanna die. They Make his mama cry. They Sit on front stoops. They Waste a lot of time. They Watch planes go by. Planes go by."

"They Like to stay high. They

Don’t ever wanna die. They Make his mama cry. They

Sit on front stoops. They Waste a lot of time. They

Watch planes go by. Planes go by."

U.S.A. / 2012

Dr. Tony Medina is Professor of Creative Writing at Howard University. This poem comes from his 2012 collection, An Onion of Wars.