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Chuckie Greene Wuz Here

Updated on February 1, 2013

Underneath,

gum spreads out like

amoebas smelling of peppermint,

grape, and sour apple.


On the tattooed surface,

ink spots and eraser

entrails sun themselves next

to the graffiti of


L-U-V (heart-encased couples cut,

re-cut for eternity, names

X-ed and replaced) while

doodles and gang signs


coexist with profanity begging

the impossible. And in

one corner, small, alone:

“Chucky Greene wuz here.”

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      JJ Murray 4 years ago from Roanoke, Virginia

      The student in question figured prominently in another poem. It happened over 20 years ago, and I still can't get him out of my mind. Great kid, funny, popular--he had demons no one could see.

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      kjforce 4 years ago from Florida

      multiculturalsoul...what a sad and waste of life..how can NO ONE ever not see this coming ? it's obvious NO one is paying attention..this is why we need to communicate with them, not just talk at them..I constantly converse with my G-C about everything..no holds barred..they used to ask me why ? but now they expect it..sorry, guessed I missed that message first time around...

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      JJ Murray 4 years ago from Roanoke, Virginia

      It was sad to see that desk. The student had committed suicide, and no one sat in it for the rest of the year.

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      kjforce 4 years ago from Florida

      multicultural...eeewww,gag,pucky, yuk,yuk !!!! bad desk !..Loved your write, just not the grossness..I was eating leeche nuts at the time...have a good night