I am standing


Charlotte is screaming

Poppa is hollering at Charlotte

Charlotte doesn’t hear

Mama is crying at Poppa


I am standing still

Trying not to break

Just standing

Just being there


There is nothing I can do

Is there anything I can do?


I try to find a safe place

Poppa is keeping Charlotte from


It has happened before

Charlotte gets upset

Poppa get mad

At his daughter


Poppa doesn’t like it

When Charlotte is upset

When Charlotte is herself

Cause Poppa is not like other Poppas

He is proud of that


He is proud

Of hating Charlotte

And me

I am too


It is real hard to hate you daughters

You must always be

Proud of hard things

The End

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