I am 12 years old.

I am 12 years old.

Kristin Cowden, Managing Editor

My name is Emily.
I am 12 years old.
I will never be older than 12.
The man offered me a ride,
On the same path I took home from school.
He told me he likes Native girls.
Yet,
I dress white,
I talk white.
Yet,
In those moments
I was robbed of my innocence.
No fingerprints.
No DNA.
Robbed of my life.
My name is Emily, and I am 12 years old.
I will never be older than 12.

Dedicated to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s day (May 5th.) No more sisters stolen.