You Should Have Known Better



Mom was 17

Dad was 19

They were married in April

I was born in October that same year

I was not premature.


A Shotgun Catholic wedding

Shines from a photo album

With smiles and cake pasted on faces

With two naked souls veiled

In Once-in-a-lifetime fancy clothes


I co-created a child when I was 17

My girlfriend was 16

She was forced to have an abortion

We should have known better


We didn’t get a shotgun wedding

Instead, Cops came to my door

Served a restraining order

Doctors invaded her body

Took away the life that we created


You should have known better.

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