Did you see
the five-year-old little girl
joking, dancing and happy?
They punished her for laughing

“Class clown”, teachers whisper
Mrs. Gray shoves her in an office
Clutching the girl’s tiny throat against the wall—choking her
She’s crying
Her scared kicking feet can’t reach the floor

I’m dying!
I’m dying!

Little girl thinks
imagining a hero storming in
saving her just in time

No one comes
No one cares

“Shut up, little baby!” Gray says,
threatening to cut her long black hair

Little girl claws at Gray’s aged fingers
littered with gold bands
banging the girl’s head hard
against the bulletin board

“Nothing happened…
You hear?”
Mrs. Gray warns her after


Little girl knew otherwise

Every day Gray kept an eye
Her daughter, Mrs. Murphy, did too
“She’s a little liar”, they tell the girl’s guardian, smiling when questioned

Unfortunately, there are no cameras

So, little girl watches the teachers
remembering every word they spit
every wrinkle on their face
the sins they try to erase

Little girl invokes her own dark thoughts
pulled from anger at her core
boiling with an inescapable madness
she never felt before

from little girl’s lips

She doesn’t understand the meaning

Yet every naptime she says it,
watching them both,
whispering quick
seeing through the smoke
they purposely blew on the girl
five days a week
laying on a cot, Murphy strategically placed
in front of daytime TV
while she and Gray watch soaps

It’s naptime
but little girl inhales nicotine
knowing one day,
they’ll see

Mrs. Murphy
Mrs. Gray
did you hear?

That little girl grew up,
she didn’t forget

Mrs. Murphy
Mrs. Gray
do you see?

That little girl from your past,
traveled to your hospital beds
listening to your ragged breaths

“I’m an old friend that cares.”
She lies to your kind family
Welcome in
Blah Blah

They confirm the cancer is killing you
from all the smoke you consumed

You’re dying.
The woman knows

She waits amongst your blood
as the white sheet covers you

Mrs. Murphy
Mrs. Gray
you rotted, baby!


A woman happy and laughing

Her soul breathes free

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    Ohhhh Kirsten
    I’m so glad to see you back with something new
    It’s been a month.

    1. Kirsten

      Thank you for reading! Yes indeed, my break was very satisfying. 😎 Hope you’re well!


        Take care, best wishes

      2. Kirsten

        Thank you, Devang. Best wishes to you too 💫🤗

  2. Pooja G

    This sort of reminds me of Matilda had it been a lot darker. Loved it!

    1. Kirsten

      Ahh I loved Matilda! That was a great movie. Thank you for reading. 🥰

      1. Pooja G

        My pleasure 😊

      2. Kirsten


  3. Jeff Flesch

    A sad tale, beautifully written, with a perfectly fitting ending. Lovely write, Kirsten. It’s wonderful to read you again. 💞🤗

    1. Kirsten

      Thank you so much Jeff! 🤗💞 Your kind words make my day.

      1. Jeff Flesch

        You’re most welcome, Kirsten! Always. Aww, I’m happy this is so. 🤗💞

      2. Kirsten


  4. Anonymous

    Its a really wonderful poem kirsten. Your words are really appreciative. I hope you may gain a lot of success in your life.. 😊👍

    1. Kirsten

      Ahh, thank you kindly my friend. I hope the same for you too. 💫🙏🏼

  5. Anonymous

    Your posts are really so nice and adorable dear Kirsten. And I know that it needs a lot of efforts and time to make such posts. I hope that you may have a wonderful month ahead and God Bless you always keep posting such contents. All the best👍

    1. Kirsten

      Awe, thank you so much. Your words are very kind. I appreciate you reading so much and hope you have a wonderful month ahead also. Stay well. 💕

  6. Belladonna

    Oh nooo how sad. Love the way you structured this.

    1. Kirsten

      Thank you so much, Belladonna 💕

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