As a writer, I feel it is my job to tell other people’s stories without judgement. When I was in high school I knew a number of girls who had abortions. Many of them chose to share their feelings with their classmates. Their collective experience inspired me to write this poem on April 25, 1996.
A Portrait of a Teen
She walked down the street
Head hung down
Thinking about all the things
That were going around
She tugged at her Michael Jordan jersey
As she walked through the door
She took a seat and began
To fill out the forms
She never knew life
Could be so hard
She never knew she’d have to decide
A choice that would have such a big effect
On her life
She felt as if she had given away her soul
Something she would never have again
Everything changed in her life.
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