Samantha Badaoa is a new poet on the scene, a young writer living in Windsor, Ontario. And al- though she has not published much in journals, she enjoys an underground reputations as a rising star in the performance poetry scene. She was recently named Youth Poet Laureate for Windsor.
St. Maria Goretti
His father says,
“You’re a liar. My son would never do that.”
My father says,
“It’s your fault. You should have said something sooner.”
Our Father says, “Pre-marital sex is a sin.”
The patron saint of sexual assault victims was only eleven
when she was stabbed fourteen times
fighting off her abuser.
Her official prayer celebrates the sacrifice to
defend her virginal purity
and I am left wondering
what am I meant to atone for?
Losing my purity, or not losing my life in the struggle?
Which is the greater crime in their eyes?