2nd Place September/October Contest | “Nobody’s Daughter”

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2nd Place
“Nobody’s Daughter”
Chelsea Mitchell
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

So many are the seasons I’ve been gone
So many are the reasons I left home
So many are the people I let down
And still so many are the demons in this town

So save your savior for another life
He is not mine
And lay your spade down when the metal sounds
I am rocky ground

You can take me to the river
You can bathe me in the water
You can pray all the words that you heard from the minister
But I ain’t nobody’s daughter

No, you can’t grow nothin’ on the land
No, you can’t sew nothin’ with a broken hand
No, you can’t break the ball and chain
Or the shame and the hate of your own damn name

Go seek your peace and reap some better crop
I am bitter stock
And keep your beads for weeping your own loss
I am not lost

You can take me to the river
You can bathe me in the water
You can pray all the words that you heard from the minister
But I ain’t nobody’s daughter

I will walk you to the churchyard
With arms full of flowers that I bought her
He took my mother in the fall and my father in the war
Now I ain’t nobody’s daughter

 

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