by Devin Slaney
A rarity, an abnormality.
Peace in the schoolyard.
A short and sweet escape from this oppressing reality.
A group of lads, having a laugh, acting hard
Knowing that in two years they may never speak again
Yet within this circle, they hold one another to an equal standard.
The end to these bonds is coming, no one knows exactly when,
I know it’s after they leave this place, not as boys but as men.