by Ashleigh Tomcics
on a rubbered yellow death trap (#59),
Jess says to me
“if they’re old enough to have sex,
they’re old enough to read about death.”
& why not? kids dying in the street, at church,
the movies, concerts, school.
a whole lifetime of childhood memories
played out in tragedy,
& a student says to me, “miss i want to read
all the books in the world someday,” & another
is hospitalized for a suicide attempt
& another is gone.