Outsiders Poem – Inspired by S.E. Hinton Novel

My 12 year old son’s tribute to the Outsiders by S.E Hinton:

Stumbling, Stinging

Red Glow, Flames

Little Kids Screaming

and the Haze


Get Out! Coughing

Dally Swore

Falling Embers

A blocked door


Old Roof Crashing
It was hot

No time to see if he

landed OK or not


I leaped out

Dally clubbed me in the back

and I went down

into a peaceful black


If there were a sequel to the Outsiders, Pony Boy will have escaped social sorting and classification and become a  dreamer and a creator without limits. He discovers that limits don’t come from the outside but from the inside and that there are no limits.

Pony Boy and Johnny weren’t greasers. They weren’t fighters. They hadn’t stepped over the line and self labeled themselves yet. They weren’t stereotypes but instead people with ideas and dreams and goals and empathy and love. They hadn’t become jaded.

My 12 year old son Nik is reading the Outsiders in language arts and it has opened his eyes to social stratification as well as thinking about literary methods.

In case you haven’t read the Outsiders book or seen the Outsiders movie. The story is a tragedy, which are out of vogue today (which IS a tragedy). It is about a group of greasers in the 1950s who live on the wrong side of the tracks in Oklahoma City and are bullied by the rich kids (socs).

This book was the most formative piece of literature I read as I was coming of age. As a teenager I identified with Dallas Winston. No… I wanted to be Dallas Winston. Dallas Winston was a fearless fighter, he took the younger guys under his wing, he led the way, but he also had a golden heart which played a larger than life role in the tragedy. Under his mask he had feelings, feelings that he couldn’t express in the positive, so they came out in the only way he knew, with tragic consequences.

The other characters:

Soda Pop Curtis – the gas jockey high school dropout with movie star good looks who had every girl in the city visiting his gas pump.

Pony Boy Curtis – The dreamy reader and writer who loves sunrises but is born into a working class greaser life and tells the story in the first person.

Johnny – Pony Boy’s best friend who tells Pony Boy to ‘Stay Golden’ like the sunrises he loves so much.

To all my fellow Outsiders out there…

Stay Golden!

Jensen’s Cafe Burnsville MN – Review

Jensen's Kids Menu

On the advice of a friend, I took my two sons to breakfast at Jensen’s Cafe in Burnsville MN this morning. The small parking lot on the west side of the restaurant was full so we headed to the nearby parking ramp. While we searched for a spot to park, my son remarked ‘look at all these cars, are they all here to eat breakfast at Jensen’s?’

‘I think so, I don’t know of anything else open on a Sunday morning,’ I said. The ramp was half full.

Jensen’s Cafe is on the first floor of the Grande Market Square Building in the Burnsville Heart of the City development. Upon entering the building, couples and families milled about the hallway, a professional masseuse worked someone’s back, and sandwich board read ‘Real Norwegians Eat Lutefisk.’ We worked our way through the crowd to the entrance of the cafe where the host informed us we’d have a 35 minute wait. The boys were disappointed but we decided to stick it out.

We walked down the hall to the Ficus and Fig Gift Shop. Silver Bells played over the store speakers. Sparkling displays of Christmas ornaments shined. The store was filled with customers and three people worked the counter when one of them announced ‘time for the door drawing’ in a voice loud enough to startle my 9 year old. A line formed making last minute entries.

On the far side was another exit. Just outside the exit a young woman manned a table giving away fresh lemonade, cream puffs, sweet rolls, and other treats. My sons enjoyed a few of the delights which helped pass the time.

In the hallway TVs on the walls ran the the local news, where we discovered that it is supposed to snow 6-12″ tomorrow, Ugh!

We sat in front of a kids area where toddlers played with blocks  as their families waited nearby.

After about 40 minutes they called my name.

I ordered coffee which was standard American fare. My boys had Orange Juice and Cranberry juice which they described as ‘Sweet.”

Full menu here…

I had the Fiesta Ome-Alot. It was fresh and spicy. The peppers crunched and tasted as if they were cut fresh and added to the omelet that day. The Chipotle cream and chili sauce gave it a full Tex-Mex zing. It was the perfect amount of food for me. It came with a side of toast and potatoes. I left the potatoes but the smell of the wheat toast eventually lured me into taking just one bite and that bite led to another, so I eventually devoured the whole thing. I’d give my breakfast 8 on a scale of 1-10.

Fiesta Ome-Alot

My 12 year old ordered 3 pieces of Peaches N’ Cream French Toast. We should have stuck with 2 pieces as these pieces of French Toast are huge. He ate 2 of them and we brought the 3rd home in a box. He said it tasted so good he wanted to keep eating the whole thing but he knew if he did he would have felt sick. My son described it as ‘large.’ He gave it an 8 out of 10.

Peaches N Cream French Toast

My 9 Year Old had JULIANNA‛S APPLES & CAKES off the kids menu. He loved it and ate all the cinnimon apples but only half the pancakes. He gave it a 10 out of 10.


Service was good and we left over 20% for the tip, so the total bill came to about $40.00 for the 3 of us.

I recommend Jensen’s Cafe and overall it was worth the wait. We plan to return once a month, but we will probably choose to visit on Saturdays hoping to avoid the long wait.