a woman
in a Childs body
14 going on 40
that's what they say
but it feels like
going on 70
I sounded like my mother
when I was 11 going on 35
but now
I sound like grandmother
or my uncles fourth year
English teacher
I'm too serious and mature
to my peers
always been precocious
to my teachers
sensible to the family
who think they know me
but I am not
the girl I appear to be
but not brave enough
to be the woman I seem
old before my time
or wise beyond my years
the things I've seen
the things I know
the things ive done
a girl trapped
between childhood
and the woman she seems
the skipping rope
out of reach
on the highest shelf
now fraying
at the ends