To Change the World

April 19, 2008
By Mary Rowley, Urbandale, IA

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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