The Cruise

When I was
In sixth grade
My parents
Won the little
Lotto, $50,000.

They paid off
The house they
Tried to replace
Since I was five,

Bought me a
Computer for
My room, and
We went on
A cruise.

I took my best
Friend who’s
House I lived
At on the
Weekends
To escape,

And we were
Off to New
Orleans a
few Months
Prior
Hurricane
Katrina.

—-

Two eleven
Year olds
On a cruise
Ship, ditched
All the teen
Programs
We Felt

“too old for”,

& Found the
Boys who
Could play
Guitar, and
Wore those
pooka Shell
necklaces
Under their
Floppy hair.

Running
Around
All hours of
The day
And Night
Without
Adult
Supervision,

And other
People’s kids,

It started off
Innocently
Enough.

All you can
Eat ice cream
And fries.

Long talks,
And virgin
Drinks on
Board.

On excursion,

We won
An ass
Shaking
Contest

But were
Too young
To accept
The prize
Shots, so

we got
Drunk off
Tall glass
Frozen
Margaritas
Elsewhere,

And raced
Back with
Them, on
Board, up
12 flights
Of stairs.

—-

In a few days
Days, the
Dares Became,


“toss that
Lawn Chair
over The side
Of the boat,”

Or, “sit on the
Jamaican
Stranger’s
Lap and
Smoke his
Weed.” But,

Even my 11
Year old ass
Knew that

When I heard

On my
Flip-phone,

“Other
people’s
Kids were
Recorded
Having an
orgy On the
top deck,”

that We needed
To Get the fuck
Outta dodge.

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