Although this poem doesn't go into the details of what it has been like for this 12 year old boy, I believe you will see the value of his insight.
I speak from personal experience regarding this child, as he is my grandson. He has lost both of his parents to AIDS.
by Daniel, 12 years old
People say, "Taking drugs is cool."
If I did, I'd be acting like a fool.
I know what it's like to lose family to
They no longer give kisses or hugs.
These people I loved now are dead.
They will never again lie in their
When Officer Filley came to class, he
"Take drugs and it will get you
For some this cut like a brand new
But for me, I've known this in my
I've learned a lot from Robert Filley,
and sometimes he was just plain silly.
If the world were a perfect place
people wouldn't kill their own
Robert Filley is the police officer who came to Daniel's school from the DARE program, an educational project to help keep kids off drugs.
Submitted by "Being Alive, San Diego; Women, Children & Family Center". 3265 Fifth Ave. San Diego, CA 92103619. 298-5099.
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