water cascades in a pool marked,
and the fences distinguish between yours
ownership, the separation
of the county line, a city's agreed-upon
apartheid, how did poverty and crime draw such red
scars upon young faces ?
palms have rested upon tiny
shoulders, their growing
curiosity, who to contend
who to trust
and experience has witnessed
words adhered to, faith
absorbed and the strength
to persevere demonstrated as fearlessly
as it is taught.