Sarah turned fifteen today
but didn’t get birthday cake.
She didn’t have enough
food stamps for formula
and chocolate (her favorite)
and didn’t want to breastfeed.

She’s far “too young
for saggy tits.”

She got twenty dollars
(for the phone) a “goddamn
iPod” and some baby clothes.
Though all she really wanted
was a doll (one that didn’t cry)
but was too embarrassed to say.

Still, she was cool, and
yeah, they’d do just fine
’cause, shit, she
“never had no daddy,”
and look how good
she turned out.


  1. Bob Mills says:

    All too familiar for me sadly! Great verse

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