If Ruby

Lisa Low

If Ruby stops edging her nails

around each mosquito bite

like targets, pretending they’re

nipples, she’ll get her first

period safely at home. If she loops

her hair with a Topsy Tail every day

for three months, her parents

will one day have sex again. If

she wears body glitter and her mother

doesn’t notice, she’ll never have to

defend white people to her parents

again. If on Scantrons, she bubbles

her name in faster than Lindsay,

Brady, Stephanie, and Claire,

one day she’ll make more money

than all of them combined.


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