To Live Your Life
To Live Your Life,
To heal today I must forgive and forget.
If I don’t I’m no better than you and your acts.
The glass is too high for me on tiptoes.
I see frightened faces.
Get your ass up and be a man..
We broke the code of cool,
By undressing our souls,
Discarding robes of vanity and pride.
Learn from our mistakes young men and women,
You can have a beautiful future.
~Collaborative poem created by boys in the Evening Report Center. Each person randomly opened the book, “Letters to My Younger Self” and read that page, then shared a line or passage that struck a chord and touched their heart. This poem is made with the words that men from Graterford Prison in the Creative Writing workshop wrote to their Younger Selves -youth in juvenile detention centers - to share what they wish someone had shared with them when they were younger. These words touched home with the CCYC youth. What a powerful piece they created!