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Slumber
Isabelle5

I leave her sleeping
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in a cocoon of cotton,
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knitted cap pulled down
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to shield her eyes,
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Sadie purring at her feet,
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IPod buds in her ears -
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why isn't she dancing anymore?
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When I come home,
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she is still in bed,
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eyes red from weeping
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and she pleads, "Give me
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one more reason not to
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give up."
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I give what I can - a hug,
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a word, soft biscuits still warm,
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though I know she is asking
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permission to disappear.
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Betrayed by all her friends but me,
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wishing for any kind of courage,
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she sleeps under what fragile cover
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she can find and I am frantic
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to find the magic words
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to make her stay.
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12 Feb 13


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