JASON REYNOLDS

writin' and whatnot

Day 6 of 30

NOT TO CRY Instead of teaching my son not to cry

I will teach him not to taunt pain not to swallow the acid of masculinity for its toxins will eat at the lining of life

will un-net a crop of cold arrogance

its growing vines will wrap around hearts and up throats and out of mouths

and if not careful turn boys crying boys into dick-swinging briar patches

who stick and fight everything

including themselves