For the Same Cause

May 2, 2012
By ZekeValdez BRONZE, San Jacinto, California
ZekeValdez BRONZE, San Jacinto, California
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Favorite Quote:
No, maybe I can't win, maybe the only thing I can do is just take everything he's got. But to beat me, he's gonna have to kill me, and to kill me, he's gonna have to have the heart to stand in front of me, and to do that, he's gotta be willing to die himself and I don't know if he's ready to do that. I don't know, I don't know.
Rocky Balboa
Rocky IV (1985)


A young man
standing patiently on the
corner,
waiting for his next
customer.
Plastic baggies hidden
in a secret pocket of his
large, black, bomber
jacket.
He learns to stay alert
and he's never unarmed.
Selling drugs in the streets
to feed his six-year-old son
and his newborn daughter.

An older man
sitting behind his desk,
waiting for the workday to
end.
He fills out paperwork
in his cluttered workspace.
He picks up the large,
black, telephone and dials
a number.
He is earning his pay
in a totally different
manner,
but for the same cause.


The author's comments:
I originally wrote this poem as a poetry assignment in my English class. Everybody that read it told me that they really liked it. Then my teacher told our class about Teen Ink and I decided to see if other people thought the same about my poetry.

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