June Jordan: Poem for one little girl blue

Poem for One Little Girl Blue

“She hangs onto sadness
the way somebody else treads water
waiting for the world
to see how much she hurts from family
madness pierced her rib cage
twenty years ago

And she’ll continue to compete as Victim
Absolute
until she finally receives a gold
medallion for her suffering
or a truly purple heart complete
with ribbons
so that she can hang that up

and then
move right along
perhaps/at last
to someplace

really new”
—June Jordan.

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/poem-one-little-girl-blue