Blood pooled, body doubled over,
Johnny’s back pocket indented from where the knife used to live
Where life and innocence were shed.
Stevie Wonder sings and tears spill down my face,
Students mockery, mundane middle school children.
Stay Gold like the sandy beaches on the coast
like the fairy dust and the stars
like the untarnished look of a softball trophy
Stay Gold like the flaming bronze of the Trojan Horse
and the pureness of the full moon on Halloween and
the blinding celestial bodies floating through the sky on a cloudless night
Stay Gold like smooth, molten, liquid rock
like a deep tan that only comes in the Summer and
the shimmery hair that comes along too
Stay gold like the light that reflects off of her brown eyes
like the warmth of the purest amber and
the brightness of the largest sunflower.
There’s still lots of good in the world.