By Jason Henry Simon-Bierenbaum

You don’t need to read the story
to know how it ends — some kid
made an example, pulled by his feet
around the room, mouth shoved with socks
like a Christmas stocking —

And you can share the “news,”
and talk about how if you were there
and talk about how I —
And you can tell me how no matter what —

Pretend I don’t go on.
Pretend you don’t make me.
Keep looking away at the right moments.
Keep cheering when it’s time to cheer.
Keep saying you’re upset and do nothing.

Jason Henry Simon-Bierenbaum has been a member of the 2007 World Champion Philly Youth Slam Team, the founder and organizer of the first ever Boston Youth Poetry Slam Team in 2008, and most recently served as a coach and member of the Brandeis Slam Team, the only first year team to qualify for the semi finals of the 2009 College Union Poetry Slam Invitational. He has performed at the 2008 Dodge Poetry Festival, the Wisconsin Book Festival and the New Jersey Hip Hop Action Summit.