Giggles echo down the halls

With the slam of a locker door

I am back

I can feel the familiar soreness

In between my ribs

I am 14 again

& something has gotta give

I can smell sandwiches and cruelty

I refuse to be helpless again

I am hyper aware

In a frantic attempt to try and avoid

The inevitable reject

I feel like I have failed to protect


When they treat me

As if I am invisible

It still r o c k s my world

I am just a little girl

Afraid to raise her hand in class

I have to remind myself

Of all I have learned

I have turned

Over a whole new leaf

Into this beautiful life that I now lead

I may flashback

but I don’t have to stay there.

No one can rob me of my dignity anymore.

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