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A Knock on the Door

November 3, 2015
By Novelwriter14 GOLD, Durango, Colorado
Novelwriter14 GOLD, Durango, Colorado
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Favorite Quote:
"Either write somehting worth reading, or do something worth writing."-Benjamin Franklin


A knock on the door.
    It’s 1 a.m.
I wrap a blanket around me and crack open the door

She stands there, silent
    Terrified of judgement
        But needs help

I turn on the lights,
    Pour some water, something to keep her hands steady

“I’ve been…hurting,”
    She says, hiding her face in the shadows of my room

I see the stories of pain and suffering,
    Scored into her arms

Some are old stories, faded by time
    Overlapped by new moments
        Brought on by a new school, a new life

I hold her close,
    And she talks to me
        About life, about stress, about death

And we cry
And we laugh
And then she agrees to get help.

It's 1 a.m.
I pull the shining blade close to me,
    Then push it away

I don’t want to hurt myself,
    I don’t want to disappoint,
        I don’t want to do this,

The sharp poke pulls me back to reality,
    Clears my mind, reminds me who I am.

I watch the red draw designs on my skin.

Why can I help her, but can’t help me?



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