To Change the World

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Her black hair falls over her eyes.
She pushes it back with black fingernails.
She stares out the window, wondering
Is there a way to change the world?

The curtain falls for a final time.
He bows to the cheering crowd.
The next days the boys are jeering –
Is there a way to change the world?

She skips arm in arm with her friends.
The mall is so bright and cheerful.
She smiles but on the inside she wonders
Is there a way to change the world?

He throws a punch and the other boy falls.
He holds up his fists and grins.
Under his bruised eye he wonders
Is there a way to change the world?

She sits at home on a Friday night.
Her character strives and wins.
She stops her typing, staring, wondering
Is there a way to change the world?

He sits by the window Monday morning,
Staring outside at the falling snow.
There’s no one to talk to in this place.
Is there a way to change the world?

She accepts the weed that night.
The next day she gets alcohol.
Three years later, her virginity gone –
Is there a way to change the world?

He does his homework every night.
He tries to distinguish wrong from right.
Most people call him a nerd
Is there a way to change the world?

She wears a cross around her neck.
Her friends all say she’s trustworthy.
Most the time, she’s thought a fool
Is there a way to change the world?

He puts his saxophone away.
In this room, all are family.
He can’t imagine life without them.
Is there a way to change the world?

Her home is naught but a box.
No one can know, no one can see
What has really become of her family.
Is there a way to change the world?

He throws aside his books.
Who needs school anyway?
He sneaks out at midnight to see her.
Is there a way to change the world?

She picks up the revolver.
She cradles it with shaking hands.
They will learn tomorrow
If there’s a way to change the world…





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