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Joanne Ratkowski

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Yard Sale
by Joanne Ratkowski
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Kay is fourteen
and just told me she's pregnant
I'm not her mother
father
boyfriend
or brother
I'm too old to be her friend
and too busy to care
I'm running a yard sale for the neighbor next door
whose son Jimmy got a button stuck up his nose
and my neighbor,
his mom
had to take him to the ER
earlier today

The yard sale must go on
and the button must get extracted
I kinda wish it wasn't Saturday morning
and that Kay didn't have to grow up
today

Saturday...

Kay is fourteen
and Jimmy's her brother
Kay is fourteen and decidedly pregnant
She stands among the yard sale junk
wistfully eying her childhood...
...playthings
the ones she priced herself last night
fifty cents for this,
two dollars for that

I don't want give it all away
I don't really want to

Kay hopes no one buys her things
takes notice
or cares
because nothing here
that's hers
is really for sale.

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Reviewed by Amor Sabor
I really love your expression...this is a story in of itself and all the pieces to this puzzle come together at the end.
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader)
Intereting indeed..stay safe Hugsss
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