"Her Last Word"

Heritage Middle School
Cook County, IL

When she was five
she wanted to learn how to fly.

When she was eight
she learned how to tell a lie. 

When she was eleven
she needed to know why her mom died.  

When she was fourteen
she cried herself to sleep every night. 

When she was fifteen
she cut herself on the thigh and let out a sigh. 

When she was sixteen
she laid beneath the starry night and said her last word