On the Theme of Being Deserving

 

I’m a flower; petals plucking.

I love me. I love me not.

 

little girl sits ankles crossed

back straight, eyes raised to God

unless a man is near

then head bent, voice low

 

good girls get two Sunday donuts

one old-fashioned, one sprinkled pink

 

bad girls don’t learn the verses,

don’t sit still during service,

bad girls forget the answers

get sent to their room to repent

 

God loves me when I am wholesome, pure

God hates a sin, a lie, and The Little Mermaid

 

good girls don’t play bad with their Barbies

Don’t wish their dads were dead

 

bad girls leave behind their religion

asking answers from secular books

don’t believe they’re a lesser vessel

won’t supplicate anyone, except

 

the good little girl who believed

she was bad and has yet to leave her room

 

I love me, I love me not