don’t pray to save
her hot tailed soul
because she looks 23
at only 14 years old
blame the deacon
the one you called a good man
instead of shaming
her bare brown thigh
that attracted his hand
she clothes her flesh
in chains & thorns
her smiles are now sneers
her hair is now shorn
what’s good, lil mama?
they call out to her
she’s surrounded
breathing heavy
their faces all blur
their eyes poke holes in her
their fingers make her bleed
what did she think would happen
since she dared to breathe?

Sumayyah Talibah lives in Michigan with her husband, kids, cats, and piles of books. She makes jewelry and sips tea in between reading and reviewing anything with words. sumayyahsaidso.com

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