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Poem: “Adopting a Fourteen-Year-Old in the 21st Century”

Adopting a Fourteen-Year-Old in the 21st Century

Teenage girls hate difference, and their mothers.
They want concave bellies, current fashion,
and to fit in. That was my fear, and her other
mom’s: that she might despise our dyke passion,
our wheelchairs, Robin’s speech, my respirator,
or her own awkward tender girl body.
Would the pride we’d model vaccinate her
against surface standards? But she came ready.
She wears mismatched florals, ignores trends,
has bold prints and slogans in her wardrobes.
She brags and introduces us to friends,
oblivious to ableists and homophobes.
She’s nonconformist, even more than us.
“There’s my moms!” she tells the kid beside her on the bus.

Copyright 2010 by Laura Hershey

2 Comments on “Poem: “Adopting a Fourteen-Year-Old in the 21st Century””

  1. #1 Corina Becker
    on Nov 13th, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    This is beautiful and gives me great hope for coming generations.

  2. #2 aby
    on Jan 23rd, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    well said, well lived.

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