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Hanging Fire

Hanging Fire

I am fourteen
And my skin has betrayed me
The boy I cannot live without
Still sucks his tumb
In secret
How come my knees are
Always so ashy
What if I die
Before the morning comes
And momma’s in the bedroom
With the door closed.

I have to learn how to dance
In time for the next party
My room is too small for me
Suppose I de before graduation
They will sing sad melodies
But finally
Tell the truth aout me
There is nothing I want to do
And too much
That has to be done
And momma’s in the bedroom
With the door closed.

Nobody even stops to think
About my side of it
I should have been on Math Team
My marks were better than his
Why do I have to be
The one
Wearing braces
I have nothing to wear tomorrow
Will I live long enough
To grow up
And momma’s in the bedroom
With the door closed.


Poem Hanging Fire - Audre Lorde