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A slow painful death

by Madison Staggs

Today
I looked into my mother's sad gaze
As she watched me try on clothes.
Her voice soft,
She stated how much weight I have lost.

Silence.

She questions,


It's from being in marching band right

As if
To convince herself.
"Yeah"

But the silence that follows
Along with the look in her eyes
Tells a story
Of a different, shared, truth.


9/25/17


Madison Staggs
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