Monday, 11 May 2015

A Poem for the Teenage Girl at My Tramstop in the 'Helen of Troy' Jersey

Helen of Troy is captain of the softball team.
Her name is printed on the back of her jersey,
white transfer letters on stripes of black and blue.
The modest crowd can build up quite a roar
when they find themselves chanting her name.
She wears black leggings under her uniform
every single day
something tight, to keep her held together.

Phone footage of the fight made its way online,
then to the principal,
to her parents,
to every one in school.
Even in the grainy footage
you could still read her name,
so they punished her just as much as them,
even though
it had never been her fight,
not really.

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