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March 15, 2018

minute one:

heart beats fast

minute two:

sniffles, nose begins to run

minute three:

she reaches for my hand 

minute four: 

i take hers

minute five:

the cold bites my fingertips 

minute six:

our eyes lock, i see worry

minute seven:

crowd grows restless

minute eight:

feet shuffle 

minute nine:

throat goes dry

minute ten:

we shouldn't have to live like this 

minute eleven: 

i wonder if it hurt

minute twelve:

i wonder if the families are okay

minute thirteen:

she lets go

minute fourteen:

his head drops

minute fifteen:

fingers go numb

minute sixteen:

tears prick my eyes

minute seventeen:

"It's 10:17, thank you for coming. You can go back to class."

minute eighteen:

a tidal wave of ink like tears wash over me, they can be washed away but they still stain.

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