what she thinks–sometimes

Go away, go away, go away,

Don’t ask me what’s wrong

Why my face looks “funny”

Let me be.


Don’t question why I look bored.

Don’t comment that I look hot.

Don’t touch my hair, or my face.

Leave me alone.


Don’t note the tone in my voice

Or tell me that I walk “odd”

Don’t notice that I have on make-up

Or that I don’t.


Don’t ask me why I wear it

Or what’s wrong when I choose not to

Don’t tell me to change my top

Or my pants


Don’t call me

When I’m fifteen minutes late

To see if I went stopped

For gas…


Just go away,

go away,

go away.


Author: Darlene Franklin-Campbell

Poet, novelist, artist

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