cigarette scabs
his children press
with delicate fingers –
trying to find something to soothe
that doesn’t hurt.

Grayson Ruyak is an undergraduate at the University of La Verne, studying creative writing and Japanese. Reading and writing have been pivotal to his life for as long as he can remember, and he hopes that through his poetry, readers will be able to find a sense of connection, honesty, and heart.

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