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Huddled
unknown

She is weeping in her room,
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cat on her lap,
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cell phone dead beside her
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and a rage against everyone
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she ever loved.
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We have let her down,
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one and all, not reaching
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her expectations of survival,
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though we tried for a time.
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It takes work to love -
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good work but hard, too,
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finding the chinks to patch
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or plumb - their choice.
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Her car stands ready but we are not,
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those of us who gave hugs and cash,
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a place to crash, hours of listening
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and trying to reply with hope
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while feeling hopeless.
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It is like the deep dark just before
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dawn breaks, when the terror is almost
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too much and you want to scream.
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The moment comes when light
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is suddenly there.
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She is kneeling before a window.
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We hear her prayers and bring the dawn.
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18 Jun 13


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