Don’t get the chance to be girls
To be protected, to be cherished, to be nurtured
To be the damsel in distress.
Don’t get to grieve
To mourn their mama and grandmama dying in the same year
To lament being placed in foster care.
Don’t get to have a bad day
To have an attitude
To get overwhelmed by the sheer weight of it all.
Have to suck it up, hold it in
To pretend that everything’s okay
To make everyone else feel okay.
Have to be stoic
To be compliant
To be strong
Because if we don’t…