What I Want

I want to learn how to stay out of trouble.
I want to learn how to go to school without leaving.
I want to learn how to stop reaching for a gun when an unknown car passes.
I want to learn how to love my haters.
I want to know.


  1. That was really nice.

  2. When I read this, I immediately started to imagine how the writer must have felt when writing it. That’s a powerful ability.

    I would like to see this poem be bigger, to stretch out these wants with connections, with explanations of how its hard to achieve those wants.

    This kind of repetition gives the poem a nice rhythm. I was struck by the final line, which is like the final chord ringing at the end of a song.

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