Joao Baylon, Phoenix writer

The most important test of the year-

Half the questions marked wrong,

Even though they’re all correct.

You leave it anyways, and fail for the year.

Speak up.

Best friends caught in the heated argument,

All over a misunderstanding.

You can stop it by explaining it to them,

Yet you don’t.

Twp broken noses and one destroyed friendship.

Speak up.

A boys being bullied,

Because of his sexuality.

He looks you in the eye,

Almost as if asking for help.

You simply turn around and walk away.

His body was found the next morning

Someone died that night

Because you didn’t speak up.


-Joao Baylon