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
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.