Each month, write a new collection.
RascalThe visit to my sister'swas unforgettableShe had her own place in the borders of the cityand there was a P.O.at the corner witha stop sign outsidethe front porchHer dog got out andwas hit by a carpassing byThe yelp was allI heard as she saw the dogscrape aroundthe turning wheel as the car drove offThe only thing that happened to the dog that darkcold evening was a bit of skin was taken off of the noseAs she was holding the dog and putting medicineon her nose The dog took a swipe at me not knowing I was there to hold her still and help The wound was superficial on me and the dogas I exclaimed "how did the dog get run over and not get killed?"We were in shock asto how it occurred andso my sister bandaged my hand and the dogwas named rascal for good reason
LA RiotsOne month into my first class of computer school. Evening classes took two months, so I switched to days so I could get it done faster since days took one month. I liked taking one class at a time. I’ve always been super focused - one thing at a time. After my first day class I was riding into LA for night school. My ride had one more month of school.The school was on Wilshire near Vermont in Koreatown. Driving up the 110 we heard the verdict of the 4 police officers on the radio - acquitted. We saw about 7 helicopters above Florence and Normandie. At 8 we were sent home from school because of the riot, and we headed North to the 101.The next day I drove back to LA for my day class because the riots were over, and at about 11 we were sent home again for the weekend. I drove North again, feeling the heat from the skeleton frame of the apartment building burning, watching the quiet riot of the people looting the stores. I drove home to the rioting and looting in Long Beach and just a 1/2 mile from us at South and Downey.The next Monday we were back in school - to an armed camp of National Guard patrolling the streets. Our ancient computers were stolen from the downstairs computer lab, and we laughed at the thieves for stealing the doorstops. We got newer and faster 386 PCs.I remembered the Watts riots of almost 30 years earlier, and the frustration and anger of the civil rights era, and wondered if things were really better now, and I wonder even now if we have learned.