Life imitates life
In 2008, my son, Hanson, participated in a “writers in the schools” project that involved 23 Seattle public schools. The students’ prose and poetry was published in an anthology that was unveiled at the Seattle Art Museum during a gala evening of readings and book signings by the young authors. The writings offer an amazing glimpse into the minds and hearts of the students.
One, in particular, stays with me, because it is a reminder of how injustice and marginalization are often met by courage, resilience, and love.
“It Was Taken Some Time Ago” by Isiah T. is often the subject of conversations I have with Hanson. It’s not easy to explain how 15 year old Isiah, who is essentially a stranger to us, seems so familiar, but I want Hanson to understand that, if we are willing to dig, we will most certainly find common ground.
So I talk, and he listens, and this is how it goes.
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