“Lordy, lovin’ somebody doesn’t make them love you,”
a bar singer blurted though
drunken guitaring sounded good

Pressed to the wall, I clutched
a beer like it was your hand
trying to remember to forget what you felt like

Handing me a pen I had a fan
far from demure who wanted me to sign here, here, and here
Sign away the rights to my life

Instead, I pressed on into the crowd
a bit closer to the stage, further from the door
away from them

Towards the mic, and now I’m a singer
not a cowboy, just a city boy with the blues
I rambled through your favorite

Published by Adam

For almost two decades, Adam F. C. Fletcher has led international outreach focused on engaging people successfully. Working with thousands of youth-serving nonprofits, K-12 schools, government agencies, international NGOs and other organizations around the world, his work spans the fields of education, public health, economic development and social services, and includes professional development, public speaking, publishing, social media and more. He founded the Freechild Institute for Youth Engagement, SoundOut and CommonAction, as well as writing more than 50 publications and 500 articles. He has also established 150-plus community empowerment projects.

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