THE HEAD OF A TEENAGER
Inside it there are thoughts
like cars and trucks in traffic –
horns honking, fenders crashing,
lights blazing in the center
of a vast darkness. Sometimes,
especially during sleep,
it snows peacefulness and pleasure inside,
and then the traffic stops
and satisfaction strolls the sidewalks.
But most often there is the furor
of youthful thoughts rushing in circles,
slamming on brakes, or speeding
down highways in the head
toward disaster or paradise.
If you stand next to a teenager,
you might hear clashing, distant noises,
you might take a step back
for safety’s sake.