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Sleepless Night

They thought I was asleep
That night they took my brother away
No dream I could keep
With tears flooding my face

He said I could be redeemed
Showed me how change takes place
Gave me a reason to believe
That love forgives mistakes

And they thought I was asleep
When they took him away
How can I just fall asleep
With all these tears in my face

Rest in Peace
Stanley “Tookie” Williams
(1953-2005)

Thank you for teaching us
That redemption begins within

            

            

            

            

John D. Evans


John D. Evans is a poet. He has published four collections of poetry: Acres of Green and Oceans of Blue: Diary of a Runaway (2000); More Than a Club Kid: Man Versus Self (2002); Things That Make My World Go “Round”: A Poetic Memoir (2003); and How Deep I Can Be: Lessons and Confessions (2005).


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