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A Brisk Walk

When in an instant the best of what makes you is gone. A brisk walk to a hospital room. The unfamiliar faces that greet you. The pain gripped hopeless to each chest in a symposium of falling and never truly … Continue reading

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Verbal Vomit

One more second-offense, double-felony child abuser got off the hook without serving jail time today. It just goes to show that if you have two whole brain cells, then you are smart enough to play the system and get out … Continue reading

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Code Purple: Day Twenty Four

Breathe in– let the good find you. Every moment gives us a chance to start again. Every day gives us a chance to live again. Breathe out– let the bad release you. This world can not take away your legacy. … Continue reading

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Code Purple: Day Twenty Three

This dream was new. It was the nearest I’ve come to returning to you. Somehow I knew that you were here. The hotel room was in my name, and so they gave me a key at the front desk so … Continue reading

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Code Purple: Day Twenty Two

The struggle in my chest follows me into the night, and I am left with bolted doors for joints and locked windows for skin– the pain of having known you planted firmly in my heart. ©2015 Jessica Stephenson All Rights … Continue reading

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Code Purple: Day Twenty One

Fallen ink on loose leaves, I am blood on orange skylights, the river, my tears, dry and loaded, crisp autumn losses. This world was too fragile to hold me as I was. I needed breaking– I needed this post-noose, tangled … Continue reading

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Code Purple: Day Twenty

Highway lines dashed the night, two lanes crossed into reflectors, taming the fire in your throat, dulling the threat to a whisper. I always longed for our silence. There, I was innocent again, free of blame and whole again. In … Continue reading

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Code Purple: Day Nineteen

One knock on the door. Two swift paces across old wood floors. Three sharp breaths, drawn between hurting ribs. Four seconds that felt like a lifetime of suffering. Five years a child, lost to you forever in a single knock … Continue reading

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Code Purple: Day Eighteen

I do all of the things now that I did before, except I am not her, and none of it is the same. To me, this is sad because she was young, free, and open. She could love with selfish … Continue reading

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Code Purple: Day Seventeen

I faked home in times of need– When you shook the floorboards, I played house, I played the wife, and I made the bed neatly after you woke. When I was pregnant, your smoke burnt my act, I coughed up … Continue reading

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