Yearbook club entries

Graduating from an almost all white school:

Four years an athlete,

Three years of good grades.

Two years a walking target for

Trump boys and jealous girls.

Two years of COVID.

One year of your hometown burning down.

Three deaths of people close to her.

Four years of trauma’s memory.

Six months of a brand new predator.

Extracurriculars include:

Working while the privileged vacationed,

human rights projects outside of school,

working out demons,

mentoring other brown girls

about to be next.

It’s a heavy schedule this mourning,

this world of grief.

Write a prize-winning scholarship

essay about that.

Baby girl lived in her own skin

and in and out of other people’s

stereotypes and expectations

and somehow,


she’s still alive.

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