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    A Memory

    I lay in sheets of darkness
    when the loud voices penetrate
    the stillness of the night.
    Fear scrambles up my throat
    I dare not make a sound
    or let a frightful sob escape.
    Recognition of whose screams
    and swears fill the air,
    words I am not allowed
    to say, I hear even with my
    pillow over my head.
    I plead for sleep to come
    to cradle me with peace--
    a reminisce of when I was
    five.

    by Marsha K. Ault
    Nacogdoches, Texas
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