Poetry Contest Honorable Mention: Menace to Society

This poem was a highly commended entry in the 2019 Words Unlocked poetry contest hosted by the Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings. 

I am a 15-year-old Menace to society,

Well, through the eyes of my prosecutor and Jury,

whose life simultaneously

came to a halt due to Felony of the first offense.

I fell as if my sympathetic state of mind

has vanished

and left my emotion Blacker

than Usain Bolt.

My heart is colder than

the Second week of January

and the reason I feel so pale

Is because Nobody has Sympathy

remorse, or emotions for me

except my Mom,

who cries everyday

and genuinely loves me.

Yes. I am a Felon.

Yes. I made a bad decision.

But, should I go to Prison for more

years than I have lived on this earth.

No. I am not a Menace.

I am a child.

M.T. attends school at the Summit County Juvenile Detention Center in Ohio.

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