A Child Hurting – Jeremy Blackwater


Tigers cover his page.

Roaring in pain

Tearing with his claws

Devouring all.

Who is he attacking?

I ask with calm.

The professional teacher

Crying inside

Heavy black pencil

Almost tearing the paper

Scar tissue covers the words

Unspoken in the tiger.

“They tell me I’m no good,

I’m lazy, I’m slow

They think I can’t hear

I hate them.”

I show him my drawing.

A family of tigers

Lying on the grass

Playing with the cubs

He cries.


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