Runaway

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Daddy did such things

As Mama looked away

“No one will believe you

But if you tell

I’ll make it hurt.”

Story as old as time.

Children striking out alone.

“This is about survival,”

she’ll say.

You’ll be surprised

At how grown she sounds

“But hey

At least I lived,”

she’ll say.

“You don’t know

The hell I came from.”

It’s cold out on the streets

The bridge that’s her roof leaks

But hey, the other kids have got her back—

“And that’s more than I could ever say

For Mom.”

 

*written in From the Mind of Sandie Kae

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