July 9th, 2013 by Admin

You say I’m not perfect
Push me down
Call me names
But why

Is it because I’m a teen mom
Because I’m young
Because I fell in love at 14
Or am I just not your perfect

What is perfect
Can you tell me
Being married first
Waiting to fall in love
Having a good job at 25
Is that your perfect

Is that the daughter you expected
You always said, “Nobody is perfect”
“Only Grandma because it’s her name” (Perfecta)
At least I can always say my grandma is perfect

I’m sorry I’m not perfect
Not in your way

–Patricia Duarte, 18

From the WritersCorps 2013 book “A Few Things I Know,” by students at Hilltop School.

Poem of the Month: July 2013

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