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The Misleading Sunset This work is considered exceptional by our editorial staff.

The horizon screamed a brilliant red
But only for a second, then it vanished
The familiar joy was replaced with dread
My family’s happy talk seemed to be banished

I smiled for only but a second, for I knew our fate was upon us
The sky flashed again, this time the light was closer, closer
It was time to wrap up any unfinished business
My mom told me to go to the shelter; at this time I knew not to oppose her

We huddled together, our neck hair rigid with fear
I could now sense the sunset drawing nigh
With the echoes of bombs getting more near
The cup was not half-full, but bone dry

Our ceiling came down
My blood started to chill
From my body came a reddish-brown
For who knew a sunset could kill?

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