There Are Signs

Seek influence
from a positive source.
Don’t run into the first
set of open arms
that smiles your way.

Stay alert!
You’ll know when
something is bad for you
and when you need to walk away.
Even if you are naive,
there will still be signs.

Don’t get caught up
in careless activities just to keep
your mind off of the dysfunction
that’s going on at home.
Bad company does not care
if you live or die in the streets.

You’ll just be another victim.
Another statistic.
Another number
checked off of someone’s forgotten list.
It’s not worth throwing
your life away for a season.