What were you doing alone in a park at night?
with your violent thoughts twisting into violent acts
the way fear morphs as the streetlights disappear behind you.
What were you thinking dressed like that in the dark?
grey hoody hiding your face
disguising your dangerous form as a shapeless blur of nothing.
Were you never taught to stay in the light where we can see you?
or to call a friend if you felt that surging
desire to hurt someone, take something you had no right to touch.
When tree-like shadows cast across your mind
did you not know to clench a fist
around your car keys as a reminder of strength
reminder you’re a threat. Keep your distance.
This park is no place for you
lit candles erase darkness and the silence is on our side now.
From this muddy soccer field springs a shrine of flowers
laid by everyone who’s ever said
be safe, let me know when you’ve made it home.