Eric Ortiz

Editor’s note: Truthdig is running a poetry series called “Homeboy Creative,” featuring writers from Homeboy Industries, a gang-prevention program in Los Angeles. This is the second piece in the series. Read Part 1, Part 3 and Part 4.

Every moment is a choice. Those choices determine the type of life we lead.

At Homeboy Industries, people face unique choices every day as they work to make positive changes in their lives.

Choice is the topic of the second chapter in our Homeboy Creative series.

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