Teen Poetry Collections

Princess Adia'Zalika

by a young woman, age 15

Her name is Adia’Zalika.
I wanted to keep her.
Her father didn’t want her.
He named her.
He named her, and he did not want her.
She’s watching over us.
I feel like if she was here I don’t know if things would necessarily be different.
Half of me doesn’t want her here.
I don’t want her to be at home while her mom’s in jail.
She would already be able to walk and crawl.
I feel that being older, having a career and a husband,
I feel that’s motherly love.
Half of me wants her here.
I don’t know if that makes me a bad person.
Cause the reason I want her here is for selfish reasons.
Cause I want to be loved and love her.
But God is a better parent than I could ever be.
And knowing the struggles that I’m going through now,
They would just affect her.
I don’t want her to end up like me.
Instead of being Adia’Zalika,
The little girl whose mom’s in jail,
She’s Adia’Zalika, the princess in heaven.