Why does she shiver Who is the man
beside her new husband? who promised her candy?
Why does she starve Why did he give her
when she knows she should eat? just spit in her mouth?
Why does she think Why is she bleeding?
that her mother will hit her? Where is she cut?
Why does she cut Can she put a band-aid
off her hair on her own? somewhere inside?
Why does the little girl Why has she lost
hide in the bathroom? any chance of remembering?
Why has she locked What will she tell
the one lock in the house? this small child at her feet
Why did her mother Why does she climb
bring him to see her? every night out her window
Why did her mother to visit a man
call this man friend? that the neighbors don’t know?
Why does the girl dream What does she eat?
of falling and flying? Why does she vomit?
Why does she fight Why does she hate
to stay wide awake? her body’s new shape?