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Poetry Corner 02-27-11

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A storm above,
Rattling the shutters.
The lightning flashes,
And the room flutters.

Upstairs in the dark,
Cowering in my bed.
My parents on a plane,
The neighbor here
instead.

She holds a candle,
A golden circle in the
black.
Tells me not to worry,
My parents will be back.

With the trust of a
child,
I fall unsteadily into
sleep.
Hoping that tomorrow,
Will be better than it
seems.

Waking to bright sun
shine,
I open weary eyes.
Hurrying downstairs,
I love what I find.

Eating breakfast,
Smiles licking across
lips.
I hug my parents,
And find what I missed.

 — Alexandra Hehlen