The Torchbearer
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The Torchbearer

Waiting For News

A Story-Poem

I listen
to the stories
my friends tell
and laugh in
all the wrong places.
They look at me
strange and call
me stupid. I don’t
mention that I have
spent the night
in the hospital
with my mother
waiting for news
about my father.
He had been
in a car accident
and was seriously hurt.
He did not make it.
Mom cried all
the way home.

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