The Secret of Shadow Ranch by Kristin Garth

after Nancy Drew, Book 5 & Lolita

You learn the wrong things before you can read.

Men speak in tongues and you know what they mean.

Discovered dirt that they will overseed

blossoms a deviant bloom only a tween.

Cynical sprouts erupt from thin skin.

Substitute books for naive little friends.

Before you speak your truth, read it written 

in novel girlhood some ban, recommend. 

Just like your life, her story’s in between lines

a criminal utters and undermines.

To Duk Duk Ranch from suburban confines,

shadows of predators are easy to find 

inside of her pages, beside you in bed.

Yours. too, was a suffering mostly unsaid. 

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