“Is it okay if my uncle sleeps with me?”
instead of a question about algebra.
“I want to die.”
on a worksheet about verbs.
“Doing crack ain’t no game.”
flat-voiced and professional in art.
“He beats me.”
as she dreamed in study hall.
“Will my baby be as dumb as me?”
during a biology discussion.
“Is there any hope?”
in the margins of her history test.
“This life is going to kill me.”
over french fries at lunch.
“She was a good student.”
on her tombstone.