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Crystal Sparger

 

Tall

strong

confident

yes, red best describes her

she strides purposefully

into smoky rooms, heads

turn, eyes stare, when she walks

through, sophisticated

and savvy, street-smart, too

no fears—are visible

cold

Small

weak

terrified

sitting by the window

slender fingers clutching

stuffed animal close

banging in the kitchen

causes her to shudder

screams, SCRAM, shouts, SLAM

the door jerks wide open

she shivers on the floor

dark

Cool

calm

collected

walking down the aisle

attired all in white

veil covering her face

no chains, no fears, freedom

a Bible in his hand

praying for their peace, joy

a cord of three breaks not

no tears, a kiss, a smile

bright