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Emily Agud

Rookie (January 21st 1999 / Maryland)


A restless night,
a sleepless bed
a child stays awake

Worried for herself
worried for her family
worried for her mommy and daddy

The angered shouts spread to her room

She hugs her teddy bear tight
and wishes she didn't have to choose

Her mommy says she loves her more than daddy
and says bad things about him
Daddy kisses another women
and tells her not to tell mommy

More yelling

A year passes

She doesn't like the new mommy,
daddy has chosen
She doesn't like the new daddy
mommy has

New mommy asks to see the family picture
she drew

The new mommy wants to know why she's not in the picture

The little girl says
'I choose what I wanted, I wanted to keep my family'

Submitted: Monday, September 17, 2012
Edited: Tuesday, September 18, 2012

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For Mia and all the children put through a dovorce.

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