Concrete AngelShe walks to school with the lunch she packedConcrete Angel9 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Nobody knows what she's holding back
Wearing the same dress she wore yesterday
She hides the bruises with the linen and lace
"Look, there goes Tema, wearing the same dress as yesterday." Mica laughed to his friends—most of the village kids. "What's wrong, Tema? Don't have any other clothes?" He sneered loud enough for me to hear.
Pinpricks of tears threatened to slip over my eyelids. I tried to ignore the taunting as I carried my lunch to the school house. So what if I have to wear the same dress twice in a row? So what if, tears were now spilling over my cheeks, I don't have pretty dresses like Tya or Lacy.
I sat at my desk, knowing I was lucky Queen Selenay had said that all kids were supposed to learn how to read, write, and do math. If I wasn't here, I'd be at home…with my mother…
Ha! Mother. I thought they were supposed to love their kids… I guess not…
I tried not to jar any of my bones or bruises as I co