2009 Honorable Mention in Poetry

?Confused? by Shaquana Cobbs

That scream is coming from inside;
Inside of this cage is an animal
An animal waiting to be released
Released is what I can’t be
Can’t be because you took the effin key
The effin key to my heart
My heart that you stole
You stole it because I did not offer it
Offered to you was friendship
Friendship turned into love
Love turned into marriage
Marriage is husband and wife
The wife is what I am
I am what she wants
She wants you to have her key
Have her key? You stole mines!
You stole mines so keep it
Keep it because I love you
Love you? No! I hate you!
Hate you? No


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