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Benjamin’s

Updated: Apr 26, 2021

by Tedria Smith





I lay flat at her feet


And watch her brown skin sparkle


in the bright hot lights above me


She just turned seventeen




Her mother threw her out


so I am her provider


I control her so much


I made her change her name


her identity and her life




Her long-shaved legs twirl for me


She needs me and I give her


those high heel pumps, those


long pink squared shaped nails


those diamonds, that make-up


those long black-hair extensions




She puts a show on for me


her body moves like a snake to


loud slow and fast rhythmic beats


of music, all eyes on her


And by the time the show is over


I am the green, paper-thin thing


she needs to get through life.

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