Diamond in the Ruff
We are proud to announce that the author of this poem was the winner of the 2016 JDCAP Poetry Contest. Congratulations!!!
by DH - 16 year old male in detention
I am a diamond in the ruff.
If you could only see,
My future possibilities.
The way I can really use my brain,
Sometimes it can drive me insane.
I have lots of great talents.
Watch me ball and see my balance.
You’ll see that I’m very advanced,
If you watch me use my hands.
When I’m Mad,
I refer to sports.
It helps pull anger from my core.
Sometimes I try to sleep it off.
Sometimes I sit down and draw.
Clean off the diamond,
Watch it shine.
I will grind up to my prime.
I will fix up my mistakes,
Watch and see.
You just wait,
I will grow and go to college,
And get success out of my knowledge.
I’m not sure what I want to be,
But give me time and you will see,
That I’m a diamond in the ruff,
I just need to get out of these cuffs.