February 9, 2008
By Natalie Krauss, Hilliard, OH

Slow motion images, haunting sounds
A flower tenderly unfolds its petals
Shocking green and purple twirls
The ever growing taste of metal
A kiss so soft and full of passion
Fireworks rupture in the sky
A laugh of someone you hold dear
A newborn baby's echoed cry
Rainbows dance from crystal prisms
Diamond tears and ruby lakes
Collective voices chant happy songs
Candles melt on birthday cakes
Petals fall from a wilting flower
Numbness, a branched lightning crack
A burst of energy dilates pupils
And all the world fades to black

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