Have you ever heard a grown adult gasping for air
After only walking a half a mile?
Have you ever noticed a child covered in bruises
Not even he knows where they came from?
Have you ever heard a teenager struggle to complete one sentence
After taking a minute to remember how?
Have you a dear friend whom nobody wants to be near
Because she’s out of her own control?
Have you ever read in a newspaper of an attempted suicide
From an unreasonable sadness?
Have you ever smelled the faint trace of smoke and death
On somebody’s lips?
Have you ever seen a man who looks away from his girlfriend,
To look lovingly at another man?
Have you lived in a house consumed with the liquid
That motivates your fathers’ every move?
Have you ever felt the shaved head of the toddler
Filled with the most hope?
Have you ever hugged the one who gives twice the better hug
With only half the normal body?
Have you ever beheld the