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The boy behind the fence

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The boy behind the fence

Everyday I would walk with my dad to the smoke stacks.
He dressed up and I held his hand as we passed the shacks.
I never understood what was happening there.
I just knew that I should never ask if it was fair.

Each day we took the same path, it was intense.
I always saw the same boy sitting behind the fence.
Walking pass I would always smile, but he didn't care.
He never smiled back, he just looked at me with a blank stare.

I wanted to make friends with him so I snuck him things to eat.
After a few times he smiled and I knew he like the treat.
From there a small but powerful friendship did grow.
One in which we couldn't tell anyone, no one could know.

After a couple years we began to get close to one another.
Being an only child, he was the closest thing I had to a brother.
We were both only eight years old, we loved to joke and play.
I thought I did something wrong, he never showed up after that day.

I walked by the fence, but after a couple weeks he wouldn't be back.
I thought maybe he liked it more inside with the smoke stacks.
I never forgot him, my grandpa wrote in a diary as I read it under the lamp.
I don't know what happened to him, I like to think he walked out of the camp.

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  1. Date: 10/21/2011 8:16:00 PM
    Amazing write, but it's sad Keep writing :)

  1. Date: 10/21/2011 8:57:00 AM
    really enjoyable if sad poem p.d.

  1. Date: 10/21/2011 4:16:00 AM
    I love this poem, Matt...if u have seen the Boy in the Striped Pajamas, this is almost eerie! Great work. Enjoyed this morning,.Gwendolen

    Rix Avatar Gwendolen Rix
    Date: 10/21/2011 4:17:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    rather......I enjoyed reading this poem THIS morning. lol.