The Ways of our People

In dark alleys
Girls hastily lose their virginity
Getting their first kisses at the age of seven, or even three.
Boys make their first kill with untested guns.
The kids stop going to school and
Pack their lives away like the textbooks in their bags.

The girls grow into women
The space between their legs avenues for men to explore the world.
Boys grow beards
And the girls they helped lose their innocence become old frail women, weather-beaten;
They abandon them –
Only to return, like prodigal sons, in coffins

Their bodies a bag of worms and viruses.

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