Teen Poetry Collections

Jumbled Pictures

by Shanelle (age 14?)

I'm six
a mean man
mom's boyfriend
his menacing face
and strong arms
I'm black and blue
scared and afraid

Same guy
my aunt's in the picture
he's throwing me around
my aunt's trying to get
in the middle
His anger reflects off me
and goes to her

I'm being taken away
from my mom
We're at the court house
and she's got a sad look
on her face
Me and my sister are embracing
while my grandma rips us away
and takes us to the airport

A picture that happens
over and over
My mom comes and then leaves
I cry out but she never
turns around