Patrick Harris

What Happened

When you see your mother banged up, holding her left cheek
Your drunken stepfather is in the corner, looking oh so weak

When you see your sister, hospitalized, hooked up to machines
Your mom is talking to the doctor you try not to intervene

When you see your best friend on the concrete, now he’s dead
There’s a thought saying, “I told him so” in the back of your head

When you search your brother’s drawer, you see needles and drugs
You don’t want to tell your mother because he’ll squash you like a bug

When you see your Grandmother’s name in the newspaper’s obituaries section
You try to hold back your tears, but she was the only one who showed you affection

The incidents in life don’t end the same way
The incidents in life happen every day
But the same question is here to stay

Poem Submitted: Wednesday, May 18, 2005

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (5/23/2014 10:25:00 AM)

    Lot of incidents and life events which makes such feelings and it felt in this beautiful poem.

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  • Franchesca Hernandez (4/23/2007 3:44:00 PM)

    hey my life like this is your life really like this can we talk

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