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kid with the broken skateboard
unknown

sat next to me
 1
on a downtown bench
 2
and asked
 3
for a dollar.
 4
 
 
shouldn't you be
 5
in school?
 6
i asked.
 7
 
 
shouldn't you be
 8
at work?
 9
he asked.
 10
 
 
he had a green
 11
mohawk,
 12
looked to be about
 13
sixteen.
 14
 
 
i gave him
 15
the dollar.
 16
 
 
he ran
 17
across the street
 18
to walgreens.
 19
 
 
the skateboard
 20
in two-pieces
 21
was next to my foot.
 22
 
 
i picked up
 23
one of the pieces
 24
spun a yellow wheel.
 25
 
 
grinding the science center
 26
stairs,
 27
he said
 28
while sitting back down
 29
and stuffing the last of a snickers
 30
in his mouth.
 31
 
 
five-bucks says
 32
i'll clear you,
 33
he said
 34
and picked up the other piece
 35
stood in the middle of the sidewalk
 36
and side-armed it
 37
a good sixty-feet.
 38
 
 
double or nothing,
 39
he said
 40
after i cleared him
 41
by three car lengths.
 42
 
 
i was clawing back
 43
from thirty-dollars down
 44
when a cop turned the corner
 45
and the kid lit-out
 46
through an alley.
 47
 
 
how was work?
 48
my wife asked.
 49
 
 
usual bull-shit
 50
and sour bedbugs,
 51
i said.
 52
 
 
what's that?
 53
she asked.
 54
 
 
i don't know,
 55
i said
 56
and spun
 57
a yellow wheel.
 58
 
 
it's important
 59
though.
 60

4 Jun 07

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this poem is fantastic. i love the short lines, the story flows and feels real.. great job!
 — humblebee

hey,

thanks for reading.

the story is real.

justin.
 — unknown

weird, i came upon this poem as random. thought i'd comment and open it up again for others to read
 — humblebee

just love randoms, its like finding gold at rainbows end
 — Rossant

it's funny how everyone assumes this is justin hyde.
could be a poser!

i like 23-60.
sour patch kids- that's what skaters eat other than nachos.

i almost asked a skater yesterday if he ever stops looking at his phone
while he coasts in the middle of the street,
but i was too busy honking the horn.

skaters... those boys will always be around doing tricks in front of 7-eleven
 — mandolyn

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