THREE POEMS

REASONS I HATE MY BIRTHDAY   1.    It is the day     I do not eat                     cake:       Mother says it     adds to    my         hips. 2.    It is the day     people tell me     I am now a     woman. I swear that happened years     ago. 3.    It is the day                  Mother makes me kiss                 Uncle. 4.    It is the day     I lost my virginity                                                       six                       years young. 5.    It is the day                   they sing to me               and                      scream at           me —           a.    because good girls shouldn’t cry on their birthday.     SOFT WHILE RESTING             This...

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