Jessica Danforth, Native Youth Sexual Health Network (via marginalutilite)
Also “at risk” kids are usually “at risk” of abuse and neglect as well but people don’t like when you bring that up for some reason.
the only thing i remember
learning from my aunt is that its much easier
to spread butter on bread
with a spoon
instead of a knife and
i know that’s nothing significant, but not all of us
are heroes after we die.
most of us are just people
like you and me;
being thought of during the little things, like
standing at the kitchen counter
Observations Made During Juvenile Court
Shuffle the papers.
Name the case some person less name.
Do not look at the mother.
Her shoulders, curving toward her hips. Her body trying to swallow itself.
Her face is a sunken volcano, now empty.
She does not understand the language they keep using like an inside joke,
or a game of fast dancing cups.
Her child cannot look at her,
his brave face too important a shield to surrender,
remorse a target he cannot afford to wear when he passes back through the door.
He knows about being a target.
He knows a secret language too.
He knows the beauty of a defiant chin,
something not everybody knows how to see,
but his mother, she has it too.
c. 2014 Suzi Q. Smith