"The Heights," Jose Mendoza, Ninth Grade, Marta Valle Secondary School

The Heights --

Where gang members argue in Spanglish

And Mexicans, Dominicans and Puerto Ricans

            live together, but separately

With its sounds of rolos blasting from Deli radios

And Little Rob on MY ipod

And gunshots tearing up people’s lives --

Reminds me of the time

I got stabbed in Fort Tyron Park The blood all red,

                             -- me almost dead.