March 5, 2008
By Samantha Cossolotto, Centerville, IA

Why did you do this to me?
Why were you so hateful?
I don’t understand
I wish you would tell me why
Why have you changed so much?
Why don’t you like him?
He’s a great guy
He treats me very well
He treats me with respect
I’m like his queen
He does EVERYTHING I ask of him,
Without any problems or remarks
So what’s the problem?
I don’t understand why
Is it because he’s not white?
Please tell me--are you scared?
Are you scared that he might actually love me?
You say he’s scum
You say he’s not worthy
You say he’s ruining my reputation
That I’m throwing my life away
I have met a lot of my best friends through him
Why are you so against him?
It doesn’t matter now
It still hurts--the things you have said to me
You told me to slit my throat, then to be with him
Why is he so bad?
I used to look up to you
WE used to be the best of friends
But now you say we can’t be
That you don’t trust me anymore
That everything I say is a lie
I used to want to be just like you
I know you just want to protect me
But let me make my own mistakes and learn from them
Now from what you have done,
I don’t want to be like you
I don’t want to control who my children date
I can’t believe the hateful things you said to me
You took everything
You tell me to stick up for myself
And you got mad at me for it
Why did you do this to me?

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