Hood Bitch

she struts Lincoln Park
owning it

downtown skyline
to her back
not some suburban transplant
a true denizen of my hood

a playground
for speculators
with enough money
to profit off the poor

hood bitch

right there
on her right shoulder blade
more than the developers
she does own the hood

she will not leave
for a better school district
for a better neighborhood
for a better zip code
because her employer requires it

spaghetti strap
drapes across the ink
a title she wears proudly
in a neighborhood
where she
was born
grew up
and now
raises her family

it does not read:
transplant bitch



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