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I’m a Cool Guy

10.30.14 Posted in today's words by

R Craig Gallagher is a high school sophomore attending Cape Henry Collegiate School in Virginia Beach through the Laila Serpe Distinguished Scholar Scholarship.┬áHe wrote this for his English class last year. His teacher encouraged him to publish it. Craig comes from good writing stock: his grandmother is vox poetica’s own Jeanette Gallagher, whose last poem to appear here was The Power of We (October 2013).

I’m a Cool Guy
(after Gwendolyn Brooks’ We Real Cool)
By R Craig Gallagher

I’m a cool guy. I
get high. I

dare death. I
make meth. I

don’t drop. I
stop cops. I

feel fine. I
spit rhymes.


4 Responses to “I’m a Cool Guy”

  1. Craig, this is a serious short story in this great prose poetry. Keep up the good work. Also, you are a lucky boy to have Jeanette Gallagher for your grandmother.

  2. Jeanette Gallagher says:

    Craig is a “Cool Guy” but this poem, although it’s fantastic, really doesn’t speak to his own ‘coolness.’ He is a brilliant, kind, and funny guy. Teachers speak of his genius in all subjects. He’s a talented singer with a beautiful voice. He’s singing “Yesterday” with the school orchestra on my status page on Facebook and another song by the Beatles “Blackbird” is there, also. I love this poem and am so proud of him and appreciate Vox Poetica publishing “I’m a Cool Guy!”

  3. Kathryn Brownlow says:

    What a great poem! The rhyme and rhythm just makes it sing. I hope this is the first of many poems this young man will write–he has real talent.

  4. Jeanette Gallagher says:

    I love Craig’s poem. He was writing poetry when he was a little boy. I think it’s in his veins! He really is a ‘cool’ guy! In this poem he uses imagery to show us a guy who is the opposite of himself. Congratulations for his first published poem! And by vox poetica, the best ever web site, thanks to Annmarie!