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The Stigma

On my fathers side,

They ignored the elephant

On the living room couch

And called it toughness.


This was how they turned



Wife and kids

Into therapy. 


This was how my cousin

Turned a belt into a noose

In his closet.


This was how they called 

my aunt the "bitter black woman" 

stereotype and how they saw

her charge to  dim


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