I came to realize who my true friends are . . .
Roman, age 17 – Skagit County Juvenile Detention
I came to realize who my true friends are. I found this out by ending up in Juvie and I was able to see who actually cared. There were quite a few that I never would have thought to actually be there. I was pretty disappointed that a few people I called my homies still haven’t even asked my mom or anyone how I have been. Now I realize that this life I’m living is not how I want to live. I’d rather be with my girlfriend and my family . . . rather than running around these streets . . . The more I write and read aloud, I’ve noticed I’m saying and writing down things I’d never think about saying.
Written in response to a prompt asking what the students had learned while being in Juvenile Detention. As generative models, the students had read poems by Mahmoud Darwish and Adam Zagajewski.