Teen Poetry Collections

What Every Guy Tells Me

by Star (age 16)

I am a hooker,
I like the streets.
And I don't know
why, but I like getting
beat. But not too much,
or I might not get picked
up. Or I'll just put on
a mini-skirt to cover
the bruises on my face
up. Do I really like all
that? No, I lied, I don't.
But that's how I get
treated 'cause I am a ho'.
That's what every guy
tells me, that's all I'll
ever be. They say that they
love me, but in the same
sentence, it's get on the
street.