The Kids Play at the Shelter, Two Friday Nights After Little G Shot Himself Under the Boardwalk

Simon says play.
The kids say how.
No one ever said.

Simon says do the robot.
Simon says do the robot while whistling Happy Birthday.
The robot dancers giggle.
OK stop.
Simon didn’t say stop.

Simon says keep up with your plan. Tanika laughs.
Little G had said he got expended from school but
Lamarr said last month Little G finally wasn’t cursing the birds for chirping.
Little G had said he was in the bright.

Gary said you ain’t never gonna amount to nothing.
Gary said come here girl and turn out that light.
Gary said do what I say.
Gary said put your hands on my hips.
Gary said shut up. And then mmmmmm.
Gary said if you tell I’m gonna do that to Rafa too.
Gary never said Simon says.
Tanika never said nothing.

Simon says get your photo ID.
Simon says take off your doo-rag.
Simon says get your birth certificate and social.
And take that hat off in here please.
Simon didn’t say.

Little G came back to Lamarr, sat on his bed
glowing all weird, and says do what I did.
Little G says I’m in your head now.
Little G says it doesn’t hurt.
Lamarr says shut up, Little G.
Little G says it’s easier this way.
Little G says you’ll never know coz you’re too chicken.

Little G came back to Lamarr, sat on his bed
glowing all weird, and says do what I did.
Little G says I’m in your head now.
Little G says it doesn’t hurt.
Lamarr says shut up, Little G.
Little G says it’s easier this way.
Little G says you’ll never know coz you’re too chicken.
foster placements.
Lamarr says I’m gay and celibate. Celibate, as if it’s not hard enough
being black and Cherokee and a mutt and orphaned and beaten up
and Southern and gay.
Celibate. Jesus.

Lamarr says you should give that baby girl up for adoption, Tanika.
Tanika says give your own damn self up for adoption, Lamarr.
Simon says you’re too old.
Simon says stop saggin’ your pants, Lamarr.

Simon says did you go to your meeting?
Simon says are you cold and hungry?
Come in off the streets.
Simon didn’t say. Simon did.

Little G said I’m going to the Underwood Hotel.
Lamarr said that’s just the sand under the boardwalk, yo.
Little G said I don’t care, it’s home.
Simon says come back as soon as you can.
Little G said yeah whatevs.

Lamarr says Little G’s dad said you cost too much to feed, sound familiar?
Lamarr says I am never going to say or do shit like that to a child and excuse my language.

Simon says get your GED and a job.
Simon didn’t say it would be easy.
Simon says believe in yourself.
Simon says do.
Simon says I do.

Little G didn’t.
Little G said fuck it I’m out of here.
Lamarr and Simon and Tanika cried.

Lamarr and Simon and Tanika asked why?
Simon couldn’t say.