mama don’t call me dirty

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i have spent years trying to erase you

sinking my skin into boiling water

burning it hoping to turn the memories to ash

peeling my ears to relocate the pain

last i tore out my toenails

sometimes i scream you away in the night

i cannot erase your sins

i cannot erase what you did

it haunts all of my body

you have soiled,


yet, you dare call me dirty?