Sweet Sixteen

sweet sixteen picture

 

*Author’s Note: Poem originally appeared in the Spring 2015 issue of Spectra, the literary magazine of Louisiana State University at Shreveport

Sweet sixteen

What a fucking

joke.

 

That slimy

pink cake being

stuffed down my

throat.

 

One for

the money. Two

for the show.

 

One

more breath and

I’ll choke.

Dragged

into the

frosting don’t let

go.

 

 Your life is not

your own. Too

much sugar means

you’re too sweet.

 

Not enough

and you’re not

good enough to eat.

 

Just the right

Amount and it’s

all good.

There

will be another

slice. But not

nearly as good.

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