Hopeful… (Poem)

The fact that I showed up to this party in a nice outfit, with my teeth brushed and my hair combed, or, at least I put a wig on-

And I answered my cell phone when you called, is something-

And although I came two and a half hours late, and don’t plan to stay too long, I came with a smile.

A real one, this time

For real.

Please don’t be mad at me that I can’t be the me that, often, works for you.

I showed up, instead of dying


– Written by: Ranequa Kelley-Boyd

copyright April 5, 2019



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