Our mothers never let us run the streets barefoot,
hypodermic needles discarded like bubblegum wrappers,
so we laced our sneaks up tight, ran into a time
when at last the streets in the neighborhood
are newly paved.
Christine Taylor, a multiracial English teacher and librarian, resides in her hometown Plainfield, New Jersey. She serves as a reader and contributing editor at OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters. Her work appears in Modern Haiku, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Menacing Hedge, and The Paterson Literary Review among others. She can be found at www.christinetayloronline.com