Boy (Or, Here is my Faith in Humanity)

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Inspired by a 2011 news story in Shenzhen, China.

Submitted: December 27, 2013

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For Liú Wén Xiù, and Boy
For everyone with a ragged heart and puzzle-piece mind


There is a boy.
There is a boy on a bridge in China
with air under his creeping toes.
He is on the wrong side of the guardrail.

There is a boy on a bridge
with a triangle of a knife in his hand,
with a red, ragged heart
and dripping insides.

There is a boy with a mind like a puzzle
that never fit together quite right.
With too many jagged edges
and colors bleeding like melted sunshine.

And there is a girl.
There is a girl with scars on her wrists like the eyelashes of the moon,
but this isn’t a story of boy-meets-girl.
This is a story of people.

There is a girl on a bridge in China,
carrying the moon’s silver-white eyelashes,
and she holds out her wrists to the boy to say
“Look: I was stupid once.”

The boy’s toes turn.
His heels brush the air now.
“But I’m alive,” says the girl, and kisses him
as the orange-suited firefighters manhandle him to safety.

 

Inspired by a 2011 news story in Shenzhen, China.


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