JASON REYNOLDS

writin' and whatnot

THE SADNESS



is just so hard
to explain.



Imagine waking up
and someone,
a stranger,



has you strapped down,
has pliers shoved
into your mouth,
gripping a tooth



somewhere in the back,
one of the big
important ones,



and rips it out.



Imagine the knocking
in your head,
the pressure pushing
through your ears,
the blood pooling.



But the worst part,
the absolute worst part,



is the constant slipping
of your tongue
into the new empty space,
where you know



a tooth is supposed to be



but ain’t no more.

Jason Reynolds

www.iamjasonreynolds.com