Iowa Writes

That Girl

"She has a perfect life"
Everyone says
She does great in school
She is talented
But that is all people see
Because that is all she wants to show
She gets talked about
Even her friends talk rude
She doesn't know who to trust
In fear of getting broken
Her hobbies?
Music, Sports, Friends
That is what people think
Really, her favorite thing
Is to sit in the dark just thinking
How wrong people are
Spreading things they don't know
Did you hear that girl is going out with her best friend?
Did you hear that girl cuts herself?!
One day "that girl" is going to be pushed too far
And the next thing they'll say is
Did you hear that girl killed herself?
They said there was a note saying
She could no longer take it
That would be the only thing
True ever said about her

About Iowa Writes

Since 2006, Iowa Writes has featured the work of Iowa-identified writers (whether they have Iowa roots or live here now) and work published by Iowa journals and publishers on The Daily Palette. Iowa Writes features poetry, fiction, or nonfiction twice a week on the Palette.

In November of 2008, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated Iowa City, Iowa, the world's third City of Literature, making the community part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

Iowa City has joined Edinburgh, Scotland and Melbourne, Australia as UNESCO Cities of Literature.

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Kelsey Huston is 12 years old and is a seventh grader at Wilson Middle School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She is involved in volleyball, basketball, and tennis throughout the year. She also plays alto saxophone in band. She spends her free time writing poems or stories in her room.

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on November 20, 2006

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