Sat in a room tonight, listened to the wonder,
of the world we live in today.
Hard topics, sad outcomes, hopeful realities,
the horrific turmoil in the lives of young women and boys.
Earlier this afternoon, I took a student apart,
confronting their need to focus on their academics,
made sure the rest of the classroom knew I was serious,
held out until the very last minute,
felt justified until minutes later,
I realized she suffered from social anxiety & depression.
Who’s the tough guy now?
See though these are two seemingly different stories,
they’re really the same,
each one a product of the other,
the initial motives for throwing a young person’s life away,
and the later the end result,
decides just why should we try anymore.
Any more and we’ll fall apart and cry,
yet so often we are told not to respond that way,
too many times, we forget the others,
end up in the trapping of silent decision.