“A Gangbanger’s Wake” by Dan Jacoby

boy almost seventeen
buried on his birthday
lay in his coffin
in deaths wake they
sat him up God
and shot him five more
times in the black
back waters
his mother weeps
conceiving

(Chicago, 1974, 102nd and Halsted)


Dan JacobyDan Jacoby lives in Illinois on a very old family farm. He is a former student, special forces soldier, spy, steel worker, teacher, coach, mentor, and principal.

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