Home Away from Home


Bright-eyed babe

prayed for love

at bedside bowed.


Screaming sounds

outside slivered door

keeping her awake.


Fragile child

with frayed faith

wished for silence.


Crawling into herself,

she cried quietly

into little cupped face.


She fell asleep

with stained cheeks,

dreaming of heaven,


a place far from home.

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