Bullet-proof Backpack

 

Bullet-proof backpack

lonely in its cubby,

its six-year-old owner

gone minutes after

her presence was recorded.

And you ask me why

my metaphors begin

to shrivel.

Nikki Grimes is an award-winning, bestselling author of children’s and young adult books as well as a poet and journalist. She began writing at age six and was mentored by James Baldwin. She has published 75 books and counting.