June 7th Birthday Love: Gwendolyn Brooks

We Real Cool

               The Pool Players.
        Seven at the Golden Shovel.

            We real cool. We   
            Left school. We

            Lurk late. We
            Strike straight. We

            Sing sin. We   
            Thin gin. We

            Jazz June. We   
            Die soon.

–Gwendolyn Brooks, “We Real Cool” from Selected Poems, 1963

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