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20716
United States
38° 55' 18.6636" N, 76° 43' 19.5888" W
20716
United States
38° 55' 18.6636" N, 76° 43' 19.5888" W

Father slapped me across the face

When I asked him

Why he was never home

Anymore.

 

Mother collapsed onto the ground

When I called the nanny

“Mommy.”

 

Teacher shook her head

When I didn’t have

The parental permission slip signed,

Even a week later.

 

Friend gasped out loud

When I bought a cafeteria lunch

Because my mother didn’t pack me

A peanut butter and jelly

Like hers did.

 

Pastor nodded in my direction

With a sympathetic smile

When he saw me sitting in church alone

Again.

 

Nurse shrugged her shoulders

And handed me a bucket to throw up in

When Mother didn’t answer,

Even after ten calls.

 

But none of them ever asked how I felt,

Having parents who weren’t around.

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