Justin Jacoby Smith is an organizer, web geek, Buddhist, and poet.

he's not my character to write anymore

Turning 13 and beyond was both terrible and wonderful but the fact remains that all these ideas recoiled when I tried to address them in relation to my son’s 13th birthday. And it’s only here, in this 7th paragraph (again, fuck you writer’s block), where my block begins to find its logic. It is precisely this unsaying that defines my son’s movement into teen life. This inability to speak about him, his resistance to being said, the fact of his emerging own life apart from our relation creates the substance of the block. He’s stepping into the light of being the main character in a story that evades the reach of my narrative. He’s not my character to write anymore.

The writer of Black Hockey Jesus celebrates his son's 13th birthday.