What the little people say

November 8, 2010
By , Los Lunas, NM
Ringring! Ringring!
goes the phone.
she says.
“Yes, this is her,”
she responds to the murmur.
Her expression turns
to a face of disappointment.
“Ok. Bye,”
she hangs up.
She goes to their room.
He starts to shout.
BANGS on the walls.
I crawl to the corner
and hold my legs tightly.

The next day I ask if I can buy paper
for extra credit.
He nods his head no.
“I want you to give up studying.
I want you to help your mother and
start looking for a job to pay these bills,”
he retorts.
I storm to my room and cry.
“Why not you?
Why don’t you go to Wal-Mart
and get a job there?
Haven’t you tried McDonalds,
you old ***?!”
I shout in my head.

It’s not fair.
Did I choose to live?
Did I want to move to a bigger house?
Did I want the expensive heater?
I had no word for that like I have no word for this…
It sucks to have no power.

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Nov. 23, 2010 at 8:48 pm
A good narrative and I like the dialogue especially. However I think in the last stanza where you say "i have no word for this" i think it would make better sense if you said "i have no say in this, just like i have no say in..." That part was a little confusing and I had to read it overa few times. Good job :)
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