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Child Support

April 4, 2019

 Child Support

Jennifer Compton
Honorable Mention - Poetry, 2019 Art & Literary Contest



All the kids laugh
At my clothes and shoes
A crime of fashion
They won’t excuse


From my brother
Good enough
Says my mother


A hole in my jeans
Shirt with a stain
Playground taunting
Education in pain


Mama’s been working
Haven’t seen her for days
The freezer stands empty
But for plastic ice trays


Daddy’s been gone 
More than a year
Came by to visit
Not even a tear


Resentment fills me
Conversation is short
Do you think you could pay
your child support


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